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Table 1 Demographic Characteristics of the respondents of the households interviewed for proper iodized salt utilization in Ahferom District, North Ethiopia, 2012 (n = 318)

From: Iodine level concentration, coverage of adequately iodized salt consumption and factors affecting proper iodized salt utilization among households in North Ethiopia: a community based cross sectional study

variables Frequency Percentage (%)
Household esidence
 Urban 88 27.7
 Rural 230 72.3
Sex of the head of the household
 Female 98 30.8
 Male 220 69.2
Children below 12 years
 No 71 22.3
 Yes 247 77.7
Occupation of food caterers
 Farmer 262 82.4
 Merchant 25 7.9
 Spouse 10 3.1
 Governmental employee 7 2.2
 Day laborer 7 2.2
 Others 7 2.2
Source of household income
 Farming 252 79.2
 Trading 28 8.8
 Trading and Farming 10 3.1
 Daily employee 7 2.2
 Governmental 6 1.9
 Others 15 4.7
Household monthly income level in Birr
  < 500 224 75.4
 501–1000 49 16.5
 1001–1500 13 4.4
 1501–2000 8 2.7
 Above 2000 3 1.0
Educational level of head of HH
 Illiterate 134 42.4
 Read and write 46 14.6
 Elementary School 116 36.7
 Secondary school 13 4.1
 College/ University 7 2.2
Educational level of food caterers
 Illiterate 188 59.1
 Read and write 22 6.9
 Elementary School 92 28.9
 Secondary school 11 3.5
 College/ University 5 1.6
Age of food caterers
 Independent age group 299 94.3
 Dependent age group 18 5.678
Family size   
 1–4 124 39.2
 5–6 79 25.0
 7–10 113 35.8