Table 2

Description of groups from hierarchical cluster analysis of age and occupations.

Household age categories (χ2 P = 0.001)

Description of households


1 (Over 60s)

Persons over 60 yrs present in all households, size mainly 1–2 persons.

2 (Families)

Very few households with under 5 yrs present, some with 6–19 yrs, many with 20–29 yrs, many with 30–59 yrs, size 1–5 persons.

3 (Families)

6–19 yrs present in all, 30–59 yrs in all, size 2–5 persons.

4 (Singles/couples adults)

30–59 yrs present in all households, size 1–4 persons (mostly 1–2).

5 (Young families)

Under 5 yrs present in all households, many 6–19 yrs, few 20–29 yrs, many 30–59 yrs, very few 60+yrs, size mainly 3–5 persons.

6 (Older families)

Very few households with 6–19 yrs present, few 20–29 yrs, many 30–59 yrs, all households 60+yrs present, size mainly 2–4 persons.


Household occupation categories (χ2 P < 0.001)

Description of households


1 Sales

Sales occupation present in all households, other occupations mainly professionals, associate professionals, admin, process/plant, retired persons.

2 Skilled trade

Skilled trade occupation present in all households, other occupations mainly managers, professionals, sales persons.

3 Administrative and secretarial

Admin occupation present in all households, other occupations mainly managers, associate professionals, skilled, retired persons.

4 Retired

Retired occupation present in all households, no other occupations present.

5 Personal service

Personal service occupation present in all households, other occupations mainly managers, associate professionals, admin, skilled trades, sales, process/plant and retired persons.

6 Associate professionals

Associate professional occupation present in all households, other occupations mainly managers, professionals, skilled trade persons.

7 Process/plant and elementary.

Process plant and elementary occupation present, other occupations mainly associate professionals, admin, skilled trade persons.

8 Professional

Professional occupation present in all households, also other occupations mainly admin and retired persons.

9 Managers and senior officials

Manager occupation present in all households, other occupations mainly professional persons.


Key to occupations: Manager and senior officials (managers), Professional occupations (professionals), Associate professional and technical occupations (associate professionals), Administrative and secretarial occupations (Admin), Skilled trades occupations (skilled), Personal service occupations (personal service), Sales and customer service occupations (sales), Process, plant and machine operatives (process/plant), Elementary occupations (elementary).

Westgarth et al. BMC Veterinary Research 2007 3:5   doi:10.1186/1746-6148-3-5

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