Asthma Data/StatisticsThe prevalence of asthma has increased in the general population over the past two decades. While deaths from asthma are relatively rare, the death rate for Puerto Ricans was 400% higher than the non-Hispanic White population. Children have higher asthma rates than adults, and in particular, African American children have a 80% higher prevalence of asthma than White children. Children from low income families also are more likely to have asthma. 1
- From 2003-2005, African American children had a death rate 7 times that of non-Hispanic White children.
- African Americans are three times more likely to die from asthma than non-Hispanic Whites.
- American Indians/Alaska Natives were 20% more likely to be diagnosed with asthma, in 2008.
- American Indians/Alaska Natives are 30% more likely to be diagnosed with asthma.
- Puerto Ricans have over twice the asthma rate as compared to the overall Hispanic population.
- Puerto Ricans are four times more likely to die from asthma than non-Hispanic Whites.
- Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders are 10 percent more likely to have asthma than non-Hispanic Whites.
1President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children. Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities, 2012.
Last Modified: 06/07/2012 01:53:00 PM