Trends in Current Asthma Rate by Age, Sex and Race/Ethnicity

Trends in Current Asthma Rate by Age, Sex and Race/Ethnicity

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Rate Count (thousands)
Total 7.4% 7.2% 7.0% 7.1% 7.7% 7.8% 7.7% 7.8% 8.2% 8.5% 8.5% 8.3% 7.3% 7.7% 7.8% 8.3% 7.9% 7.7% 24,753
Age  
<5 5.7% 6.0% 5.9% 5.6% 6.8% 5.8% 6.8% 6.2% 6.3% 6.0% 6.9% 5.4% 4.2% 4.3% 4.7% 3.8% 4.4% 3.8% 744
5-17 9.8% 9.2% 9.5% 9.6% 9.7% 10.7% 10.0% 10.7% 11.0% 10.7% 10.6% 10.7% 9.9% 10.2% 9.8% 10.0% 9.9% 8.9% 4,786
18-44 7.2% 6.9% 6.3% 6.4% 7.0% 7.3% 7.2% 7.2% 7.6% 8.1% 8.0% 8.1% 6.7% 7.5% 7.5% 8.1% 7.5% 7.2% 8,315
45-64 6.7% 7.1% 6.9% 7.0% 7.3% 7.5% 7.2% 7.5% 7.8% 8.4% 8.7% 8.4% 7.8% 7.6% 8.4% 9.2% 8.5% 8.3% 6,880
65+ 6.0% 5.9% 5.8% 7.0% 7.6% 7.0% 7.5% 7.2% 7.7% 8.1% 7.6% 7.0% 6.3% 6.9% 6.6% 7.4% 7.0% 7.8% 4,029
Sex  
Male 6.4% 6.2% 5.9% 6.4% 6.4% 7.0% 6.5% 7.1% 7.0% 7.0% 7.2% 7.0% 6.2% 6.3% 6.5% 6.9% 6.4% 6.2% 9,786
Female 8.3% 8.1% 8.0% 7.9% 8.8% 8.6% 8.9% 8.5% 9.3% 9.9% 9.7% 9.5% 8.3% 9.0% 9.1% 9.7% 9.3% 9.1% 14,967
Race/Ethnicity  
White 7.4% 7.2% 6.9% 7.3% 7.6% 7.9% 7.6% 7.8% 8.1% 8.1% 8.2% 8.1% 7.4% 7.6% 7.8% 8.3% 8.1% 7.7% 15,122
Black 8.5% 9.6% 9.2% 9.2% 9.7% 9.1% 10.0% 10.3% 11.1% 12.1% 11.6% 11.9% 9.9% 9.9% 10.3% 11.6% 10.1% 10.9% 4,522
Asian 4.7% 4.4% 2.8% 3.4% 4.7% 5.6% 4.1% 4.6% 5.2% 5.7% 5.2% 4.6% 3.7% 4.8% 4.2% 5.5% 4.4% 4.0% 785
American Indian/Alaska Native 8.4% 10.6% 12.3% 9.5% 8.5% 11.0% 9.0% 14.3% 9.9% 10.0% 16.5% 11.2% 7.1% 13.7% 11.6% 11.4% 9.6% 12.0% 405
Hispanic 5.9% 4.9% 5.5% 5.2% 6.2% 6.4% 6.8% 5.8% 6.3% 7.3% 7.3% 7.0% 5.9% 6.7% 6.6% 6.6% 6.4% 6.4% 3,814
Education  
Less Than High School 6.9% 6.8% 7.5% 8.0% 8.1% 8.2% 7.8% 8.0% 9.3% 8.2% 8.5% 8.7% 7.2% 7.9% 8.3% 8.3% 8.4% 8.5% 2,092
High School Diploma or GED 6.1% 6.2% 5.7% 6.1% 6.5% 6.7% 6.4% 6.5% 7.1% 7.3% 8.4% 7.3% 7.0% 7.0% 7.1% 8.5% 7.7% 6.7% 3,484
Some College 7.1% 7.4% 6.9% 7.2% 8.0% 8.1% 8.3% 7.5% 8.3% 9.6% 8.8% 8.8% 7.6% 7.9% 8.4% 9.0% 8.7% 8.8% 5,509
Bachelors Degree or Higher 6.2% 6.1% 5.5% 6.0% 6.3% 6.3% 6.5% 6.2% 6.6% 7.0% 7.1% 6.9% 6.2% 6.6% 6.8% 7.2% 6.8% 6.8% 5,349
  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 2001-2018. Harmonized by Minnesota Population Center and State Health Access Data Assistance Center. Integrated Health Interview Series data analyzed by the American Lung Association Research and Program Services Division.

  • Current prevalence was defined as answering "yes" to both "Have you EVER been told by a health professional that you had asthma?" and "Do you still have asthma?"
  • Education categories include only adults ages 25 years and older.

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