Although the percentage of children with asthma is on the decline, African-American communities and those living in underserved areas still feel a disproportionate burden. The information below highlights the percentage of people in the United States who have been diagnosed with asthma as well as the rate of asthma-related deaths, based on a 2015 CDC study.1, 2
All Ages Total
Children Age < 18
Adults Age > 18
Death Rate, per million
White Non Hispanic
White Non Hispanic: Male
White Non Hispanic: Female
Black Non Hispanic
Black Non Hispanic: Male
Black Non Hispanic: Female
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reports the following data for asthmatics living in the United States:
11.1% live of asthmatics below the poverty line
21% of people with asthma smoke cigarettes
13.8 million school days missed by children in 2013 due to asthma
9 people die each day from asthma
15% increase in the prevalence of asthma in the past decade
2 million visits to emergency departments with asthma as the primary diagnosis
Did you know?3
Black children are two times more likely than white children to have asthma.
Multi-race and black adults are more likely than white adults to have asthma.
Adults with an annual household income of $75,000 or less are more likely than adults with higher incomes to have asthma.
Adults who didn’t finish high school are more likely to have asthma than adults who graduated from high school or college.
SOURCES 1 “2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Data: Table 3-1: Current Asthma Population Estimates — in thousands by Age, United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last modified January 21, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/nhis/2015/table3-1.htm
2 “2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Data: Table 4-1: Current Asthma Prevalence Percents by Age, United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last modified January 21, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/nhis/2015/table4-1.htm
3 National Center for Health Statistics. “Asthma.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last modified January 21, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm