Table 1

 Sociodemographic characteristics of ragpickers, non-ragpickers, and a sample of the general population of Pelotas

VariableRagpickersNon-ragpickersSample of Pelotas population
%%%
Monthly income, multiples of minimum wage ($US)
    Less than the minimum ($87)67.025.714.0
    1–2× ($174)26.836.625.3
    2–3× ($261)4.019.518.0
    3–4× ($348)1.68.012.6
    >4×0.610.230.1
Age
    18–29 years31.626.422.6
    30–39 years27.031.021.4
    40–49 years24.024.721.0
    50–59 years10.813.116.7
    60–69 years6.64.818.3
Schooling
    0 years22.412.51.0
    1–4 years43.745.120.6
    5–8 years30.838.533.5
    9 or more years3.13.944.9
Marital status
    No36.738.738.7
    Yes63.361.361.3
Skin colour
    White52.568.484.7
    Non-white47.531.615.3
Gender
    Male62.963.943.2
    Female37.136.156.8
Smoking status
    Never smoker28.840.952.4
    Ex-smoker12.714.827.9
    Current smoker58.544.319.7