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Percentage of current asthma in the United States 2001-2018

2010, 2011 and 2016 saw the highest prevalence of asthma diagnoses in the U.S. in recent years. Asthma prevalence trends indicate a growth in the number of new diagnoses. Asthma medical care costs have also shown to be increasing in recent years. Without proper treatment, patients face higher medical costs and indirect costs of missed workdays and illness time.


Asthma is a complicated chronic illness that affects a person’s ability to breathe. Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. Asthma is treatable through avoidance of triggers and through inhaled corticosteroids (an inhaler). Prescriptions of Albuterol, a commonly prescribed inhaler, have increased significantly in the U.S. Though, despite being used as a common treatment method for asthma, the out-of-pocket costs of albuterol have risen.

Asthma prevalence

Asthma prevalence in the U.S. is also increasing. Some U.S. states have seen a higher prevalence in recent years than others. Hawaii and Oregon have the current highest rates of asthma in the U.S. Despite having the highest prevalence rate, Hawaii does not have the most deaths from asthma. Recent studies indicate that New Mexico, followed by Mississippi, has the highest death rate from asthma in the U.S. Among all U.S. residents, the prevalence of active asthma attacks within the past 12 months has remained relatively stable in the last few years with some decline more recently.

Percentage of persons with current asthma in the United States from 2001 to 2018

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Release date

May 2019


United States

Survey time period

2001 to 2018

Number of respondents

around 35,000

Special properties

all ages

Supplementary notes

Figures from 2001 to 2005 were taken from the previous year's report and can be found here.

Estimates are age-adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and three age groups: 0–14, 15–34, and 35 and over. NOTES: Data are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. Beginning with 2012 data, the National Health Interview Survey transitioned to weights derived from the 2010 census. For 2006–2011 data, weights were derived from the 2000 census.

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