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

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

  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Rate Count (thousands)
Total 9.1% 10.1% 11.3% 11.1% 10.4% 10.5% 11.2% 11.6% 11.5% 12.9% 13.2% 12.9% 12.9% 13.0% 12.0% 12.9% 12.7% 13.6% 13.3% 42,652
Age  
<5 7.0% 7.8% 7.9% 7.3% 7.5% 7.3% 8.6% 7.5% 8.0% 7.2% 7.9% 8.0% 8.3% 7.0% 5.9% 5.6% 5.7% 5.1% 5.6% 1,101
5-17 12.2% 14.0% 14.4% 14.0% 14.3% 14.0% 14.2% 15.7% 15.0% 16.4% 16.1% 15.8% 16.3% 16.6% 15.2% 16.4% 15.7% 15.6% 15.7% 8,461
18-44 9.3% 9.8% 11.8% 11.5% 10.1% 9.9% 11.2% 11.5% 11.7% 13.5% 14.3% 13.6% 13.6% 13.4% 12.2% 14.0% 13.5% 15.3% 14.8% 16,771
45-64 8.0% 8.7% 10.4% 10.6% 9.8% 9.9% 10.5% 10.5% 10.4% 12.0% 12.3% 12.1% 12.2% 12.7% 12.1% 12.1% 12.7% 13.7% 13.0% 10,817
65+ 6.5% 8.4% 8.7% 8.0% 8.1% 9.7% 9.9% 10.6% 9.7% 11.0% 11.3% 11.1% 10.4% 10.4% 10.3% 10.9% 10.3% 10.9% 11.1% 5,502
Sex  
Male 8.7% 9.9% 10.8% 10.6% 9.7% 10.2% 10.3% 11.1% 11.0% 12.2% 12.6% 11.9% 12.1% 12.1% 11.3% 12.0% 11.9% 12.7% 12.6% 19,697
Female 9.5% 10.3% 11.9% 11.6% 11.1% 10.8% 12.1% 12.1% 12.0% 13.5% 13.9% 13.9% 13.8% 13.8% 12.7% 13.9% 13.5% 14.5% 14.0% 22,955
Race/Ethnicity  
White 9.1% 10.2% 11.5% 11.1% 10.3% 10.5% 11.2% 11.7% 11.4% 12.9% 13.3% 12.6% 12.6% 13.0% 12.0% 12.8% 12.8% 13.7% 13.6% 26,880
Black 10.3% 11.4% 12.4% 13.8% 12.8% 13.0% 13.4% 13.3% 13.0% 15.7% 16.3% 17.0% 16.6% 16.7% 14.8% 16.0% 15.2% 17.0% 15.2% 6,421
Asian 18.0% 10.9% 14.3% 14.1% 17.3% 15.2% 12.6% 16.8% 13.7% 18.8% 14.4% 11.6% 21.8% 18.1% 12.3% 17.4% 16.1% 15.5% 13.4% 1,791
American Indian/Alaska Native 5.4% 7.3% 7.8% 8.6% 6.0% 6.4% 8.5% 9.3% 8.9% 8.7% 9.5% 9.9% 8.6% 7.6% 7.4% 9.2% 7.7% 9.5% 8.8% 500
Hispanic 8.0% 8.2% 9.5% 8.3% 8.8% 8.4% 9.2% 9.8% 10.2% 10.1% 11.0% 10.9% 11.5% 11.1% 10.4% 11.6% 11.1% 11.4% 12.0% 6,935
Education  
Less Than High School 8.2% 9.2% 10.2% 9.6% 10.2% 10.8% 10.3% 10.9% 10.1% 11.3% 12.9% 11.6% 12.2% 11.5% 11.3% 11.6% 11.6% 11.7% 12.3% 3,006
High School Diploma or GED 7.7% 7.9% 9.5% 9.3% 8.4% 8.6% 9.1% 9.5% 9.2% 11.0% 11.2% 10.3% 11.7% 11.0% 10.6% 11.0% 12.0% 12.5% 11.9% 6,118
Some College 8.4% 9.8% 11.2% 11.3% 10.5% 10.8% 11.4% 12.3% 11.8% 13.1% 14.2% 14.0% 13.0% 13.9% 12.5% 13.6% 13.9% 14.8% 14.7% 9,054
Bachelors Degree or Higher 7.5% 8.7% 10.2% 9.9% 8.9% 9.3% 10.4% 10.0% 10.8% 11.5% 11.9% 12.1% 11.3% 11.8% 11.4% 11.9% 11.3% 13.1% 12.7% 10,019
  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 2001-2017. 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.

  • Lifetime prevalence is defined as answering yes to "Have you ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that you had asthma?"
  • Education categories include only adults ages 25 years and older.

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