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Current Asthma Demographics

Current asthma rates are not the same across demographic groups. This page describes current asthma rates, defined as those who have ever been diagnosed with asthma by a healthcare professional and report still having asthma, by the following demographics: sex and age, race/ethnicity, Hispanic subgroups, family income, health insurance coverage, and state.

Current Asthma Rates by Sex and Age

  • Among children, current asthma is more common for males (9.5%) than females (7.3%). However, among adults, females (9.8%) are more likely than males (5.4%) to still have asthma.
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Current Asthma Rates by Race/Ethnicity

  • Blacks and American Indian/Alaska Natives have the highest current asthma rates compared to other races and ethnicities. In 2017, Blacks (10.1%) were 25 percent more likely than Whites (8.1%) to still have asthma.
  • Hispanics (6.4%) and Asians (4.4%) had lower current asthma prevalence rates than other racial and ethnic groups.
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Current Asthma Rates by Hispanic Subgroups

  • While asthma rates are relatively low for Hispanics overall, rates vary significantly among subgroups. Puerto Ricans in the continental United States have the highest current asthma rate of any racial or ethnic group, at 13.6 percent over 2015 to 2017.
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Current Asthma Rates by Family Income

  • In 2017, current asthma rates were significantly higher (11.9%) among those with a family income below the poverty threshold as compared to above the poverty threshold.
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Current Asthma Rates by Health Insurance Coverage

  • In 2017, current asthma rates among adults ages 18 to 65 were highest for those on Medicaid and lowest for those with no medical insurance.
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Current Adult Asthma by State

  • In 2017, current asthma rates among adults ranged from 7.3 percent in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Texas to 13.2 percent in New Hampshire.  

    Current Asthma by State, 2017

      Child Adult
    State Count Percent Year Count Percent
    Alabama 141,500 13.2% 2014 409,600 10.9%
    Alaska --- ---   46,900 8.4%
    Arizona 129,200 8.1% 2016 529,200 9.8%
    Arkansas --- ---   219,000 9.6%
    California 524,600 6.2%   2,398,300 7.9%
    Colorado --- ---   404,000 9.3%
    Connecticut 91,400 12.9%   299,300 10.7%
    Delaware --- ---   79,800 10.6%
    District of Columbia 13,900 11.4%   52,800 9.4%
    Florida 290,600 7.3%   1,258,300 7.5%
    Georgia 214,700 9.1%   663,100 8.4%
    Hawaii 29,400 9.8%   109,200 9.8%
    Idaho --- ---   113,800 9.0%
    Illinois 159,200 5.7%   808,300 8.2%
    Indiana 103,900 6.9%   509,200 10.0%
    Iowa 41,600 5.8% 2011 223,300 9.3%
    Kansas 63,700 9.4%   199,700 9.1%
    Kentucky 74,500 7.8% 2016 367,800 10.7%
    Louisiana 94,100 8.8% 2015 319,200 9.0%
    Maine 19,800 8.0%   120,000 11.2%
    Maryland 126,400 9.7% 2014 440,300 9.4%
    Massachusetts 199,000 15.8%   621,300 11.5%
    Michigan 183,500 8.8%   837,000 10.8%
    Minnesota 56,500 4.5%   311,000 7.3%
    Mississippi 78,400 11.4%   187,800 8.3%
    Missouri 128,600 9.7%   442,100 9.4%
    Montana 19,000 8.6%   74,800 9.1%
    Nebraska 28,300 6.1%   118,200 8.2%
    Nevada 49,700 7.8%   240,200 10.4%
    New Hampshire 18,400 7.2% 2015 142,200 13.2%
    New Jersey 152,800 8.3%   600,500 8.6%
    New Mexico 43,800 9.3%   165,300 10.5%
    New York 355,100 8.9%   1,426,200 9.2%
    North Carolina 250,600 11.5% 2014 730,800 9.2%
    North Dakota 10,000 6.5% 2012 50,500 8.6%
    Ohio 212,700 8.6%   888,500 9.9%
    Oklahoma 88,700 9.8% 2016 285,200 9.6%
    Oregon 47,800 5.8%   353,400 10.9%
    Pennsylvania 225,700 8.9%   1,021,700 10.1%
    Rhode Island 20,500 10.3%   103,900 12.3%
    South Carolina --- ---   361,100 9.2%
    South Dakota --- ---   48,100 7.3%
    Tennessee 139,200 9.7% 2014 517,700 10.0%
    Texas 541,800 7.9% 2015 1,543,100 7.3%
    Utah 55,000 6.1%   192,500 8.9%
    Vermont 8,200 7.3%   59,000 11.8%
    Virginia --- ---   581,200 8.9%
    Washington 115,900 7.3% 2016 604,000 10.5%
    West Virginia 34,600 9.4% 2014 182,200 12.7%
    Wisconsin 91,600 7.4%   429,000 9.5%
    Wyoming 11,700 8.6% 2012 40,800 9.1%
    United States* --- 7.9%   22,730,300 9.1%
    State Count Percent Year Count Percent

    Source:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2011-2017, analyzed by the American Lung Association Epidemiology and Statistics Unit.

    • *National child asthma prevalence is based on data from 27 states and Washington, D.C.
    • Child asthma data is from 2017 unless an earlier year is noted, in which case that is the most recent year of data available. If a state has not collected child asthma data since 2011, no rate is listed.
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Current Child Asthma by State

  • Asthma prevalence data for children is not available for every state and year. Among the twenty-seven states and Washington D.C. with 2017 data, current asthma rates among children ranged from 4.5 percent in Minnesota to 15.8 percent in Massachusetts.  

    Current Asthma by State, 2017

      Child Adult
    State Count Percent Year Count Percent
    Alabama 141,500 13.2% 2014 409,600 10.9%
    Alaska --- ---   46,900 8.4%
    Arizona 129,200 8.1% 2016 529,200 9.8%
    Arkansas --- ---   219,000 9.6%
    California 524,600 6.2%   2,398,300 7.9%
    Colorado --- ---   404,000 9.3%
    Connecticut 91,400 12.9%   299,300 10.7%
    Delaware --- ---   79,800 10.6%
    District of Columbia 13,900 11.4%   52,800 9.4%
    Florida 290,600 7.3%   1,258,300 7.5%
    Georgia 214,700 9.1%   663,100 8.4%
    Hawaii 29,400 9.8%   109,200 9.8%
    Idaho --- ---   113,800 9.0%
    Illinois 159,200 5.7%   808,300 8.2%
    Indiana 103,900 6.9%   509,200 10.0%
    Iowa 41,600 5.8% 2011 223,300 9.3%
    Kansas 63,700 9.4%   199,700 9.1%
    Kentucky 74,500 7.8% 2016 367,800 10.7%
    Louisiana 94,100 8.8% 2015 319,200 9.0%
    Maine 19,800 8.0%   120,000 11.2%
    Maryland 126,400 9.7% 2014 440,300 9.4%
    Massachusetts 199,000 15.8%   621,300 11.5%
    Michigan 183,500 8.8%   837,000 10.8%
    Minnesota 56,500 4.5%   311,000 7.3%
    Mississippi 78,400 11.4%   187,800 8.3%
    Missouri 128,600 9.7%   442,100 9.4%
    Montana 19,000 8.6%   74,800 9.1%
    Nebraska 28,300 6.1%   118,200 8.2%
    Nevada 49,700 7.8%   240,200 10.4%
    New Hampshire 18,400 7.2% 2015 142,200 13.2%
    New Jersey 152,800 8.3%   600,500 8.6%
    New Mexico 43,800 9.3%   165,300 10.5%
    New York 355,100 8.9%   1,426,200 9.2%
    North Carolina 250,600 11.5% 2014 730,800 9.2%
    North Dakota 10,000 6.5% 2012 50,500 8.6%
    Ohio 212,700 8.6%   888,500 9.9%
    Oklahoma 88,700 9.8% 2016 285,200 9.6%
    Oregon 47,800 5.8%   353,400 10.9%
    Pennsylvania 225,700 8.9%   1,021,700 10.1%
    Rhode Island 20,500 10.3%   103,900 12.3%
    South Carolina --- ---   361,100 9.2%
    South Dakota --- ---   48,100 7.3%
    Tennessee 139,200 9.7% 2014 517,700 10.0%
    Texas 541,800 7.9% 2015 1,543,100 7.3%
    Utah 55,000 6.1%   192,500 8.9%
    Vermont 8,200 7.3%   59,000 11.8%
    Virginia --- ---   581,200 8.9%
    Washington 115,900 7.3% 2016 604,000 10.5%
    West Virginia 34,600 9.4% 2014 182,200 12.7%
    Wisconsin 91,600 7.4%   429,000 9.5%
    Wyoming 11,700 8.6% 2012 40,800 9.1%
    United States* --- 7.9%   22,730,300 9.1%
    State Count Percent Year Count Percent

    Source:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2011-2017, analyzed by the American Lung Association Epidemiology and Statistics Unit.

    • *National child asthma prevalence is based on data from 27 states and Washington, D.C.
    • Child asthma data is from 2017 unless an earlier year is noted, in which case that is the most recent year of data available. If a state has not collected child asthma data since 2011, no rate is listed.
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  • Sources
    1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. HCUPnet, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 2006-2014.
    2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 2011-2017. Analysis by the American Lung Association Epidemiology and Statistics Unit using SPSS software.
    3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. CDC WONDER On-line Database, compiled from Compressed Mortality File 1999-2016 Series 20 No. 2V, 2019.
    4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1999-2017. Analysis by the American Lung Association Research and Program Services Division of Integrated Health Interview Series data from Minnesota Population Center and State Health Access Data Assistance Center.
    5. Nurmagambetov TA, Kuwahara R, Garbe P. The Economic Burden of Asthma in the United States, 2008-2013. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 2018; 15(3):348-56.

    Page Last Updated: August 27, 2019

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