Variables Frequency Percent
 Sex of Child Male 360 49.0  
Female 374 51.0
 Children’s age in month 6-11 91 12.4
12-23 234 31.9
24-35 200 27.2
36-47 137 18.7
48-59 72   9.8
Mother’s age at Pregnancy Less than  20years 49   6.7
20 to 35 years 672 91.6
More than  35years 13   1.8
Marital status of the mother Married 682 92.9
Divorced 34   4.6
Widowed 15   2.0
Never married 3     .4
Ethnicity Hadiya 471 64.2
Kembata 113 15.4
Silte 58   7.9
Guraghe 49   6.7
Amhara 27   3.7
Oromo 16   2.2
Religion Protestant 504 68.7
Orthodox 117 15.9
Muslim 84   11.4
Catholic 29   4.0
Mother's education No education 86   11.7
Primary 258 35.1
Secondary 268 36.5
More than secondary 122 16.6
  Father's education No education 45   6.1
Primary 186 25.3
Secondary 292 39.8
More than secondary 211 28.7
  Mother's occupation House wife 406 55.3
Government employee 83   11.3
Non-Government  employee 29   4.0
Merchant 122 16.6
Self-employee 280 38.1
Father's occupation Government employee 223 30.4
Non-Government  employee 49   6.7
Merchant 182 24.8
Self-employee 280 38.1
Household monthly income in ETB Low income House hold 409 55.7
High income House hold 325 44.3
Table 1: Demographic and socio-economic characteristics of children among 6 to 59 months in Hossana town, Southern Ethiopia, 2013 (n=734).