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Table 1 Demographic variables of the respondents in a household-based questionnaire survey in rural (Wuyi village) and peri-urban (Laogang village) settings of Hunan province, China

From: Comparison of two approaches for measuring household wealth via an asset-based index in rural and peri-urban settings of Hunan province, China

Demographic variable Rural
(n = 258) (%)
Peri-urban
(n = 246) (%)
χ2 p-value
Sex     
   Male 204 (79.1) 142 (57.7)   
   Female 54 (20.9) 104 (42.3) 27.4 < 0.001
Head of household     
   Yes 207 (80.2) 167 (67.9)   
   No 51 (19.8) 79 (32.1) 10.0 0.002
Age (years)     
   Mean (SD)1 48.9 (12.3) 51.0 (12.6)   
Household size     
   1 individual 17 (6.6) 24 (9.8) 1.7 0.194
   2 individuals 101 (39.2) 97 (39.4) 0.0 0.948
   3 individuals 71 (27.5) 95 (38.6) 7.0 0.008
   ≥4 individuals 69 (26.7) 30 (12.2) 16.9 < 0.001
Mean household size (SD)2 2.9 (1.3) 2.6 (1.0)   
Number of earners/household     
   No earners 5 (1.9) 3 (1.2) 0.4 0.519
   1 earner 30 (11.6) 77 (31.3) 29.1 < 0.001
   2 earners 190 (73.7) 146 (59.4) 11.6 0.001
   3 earners 16 (6.2) 15 (6.1) 0.0 0.961
   >4 earners 17 (6.6) 5 (2.0) 6.3 0.012
Mean household size per number of earner (SD)3 1.5 (0.7) 1.6 (0.8)   
  1. 1 t-test statistic = -1.9, d.f. = 492, p = 0.062
  2. 2 t-test statistic = 3.0, d.f. = 502, p = 0.003
  3. 3 t-test statistic = -1.9 d.f. = 494, p = 0.054