Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Quality of Life

Self Rated Health

Overall
By Age
By Sex
By Education and Income

Overall

Self-rated health measures an individual's perception of their overall health using a single question rated on a five-point scale (excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor). This is a commonly used measure of an individual’s perceived sense of well-being and has been shown to be linked with objective health status measures.

According to the 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) conducted by Statistics Canada,55% (50.1%, 59.9%) of Simcoe Muskoka residents (12+) reported their health as excellent or very good. The per cent that reported their health as excellent or very good in Simcoe Muskoka was significantly lower than the provincial average of 61% (60.1%, 62.3%). This was the first year, since 2009, that the Simcoe Muskoka figure was significantly different than that of the province. 

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By Age

Perceived health status diminishes with age. In Simcoe Muskoka from 2007 to 2014, 70% (66.2%, 73.3%) of youth (12-19 years) rate their health as excellent or very good, which was significantly higher than the 49% (46.4%, 52.4%) of seniors (65+) that rate their health as excellent or very good. 
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By Sex

Perceived health status is similar for both males and females. In Simcoe Muskoka from 2007 to 2014, 63% (60.8%, 65.3%) of males (12+ years) rated their health as excellent or very good, which was similar to the 62% (59.8%, 64.8%) of females (12+) that rate their health as excellent or very good.
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By Education and Income

Perceived health status increases with higher levels of education and income. In Simcoe Muskoka from 2007 to 2014, 49% (41.8%, 55.3%) of adults (20 years and older) with a high school education or less rated their health as excellent or very good, which is significantly lower than the 76% (71.4%, 79.9%) of those with a University Degree or higher that rate their health as excellent or very good. 

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Perceived health status also increases with higher levels of household income. From 2007 to 2014, 52% (48.3%, 57.1%) of Simcoe Muskoka residents (12 years and older) living in the lowest income quintile rated their health as excellent or very good, which is significantly lower than the 72% (68.2%, 76.4%) of those living in the highest income quintile that rated their health as excellent or very good.

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