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National Statistics

Based on 2010-2012 data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)(1), an estimated

  • 52.5 million (22.7%) of adults have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.
  • 22.7 million (9.8% of all adults) have arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation.

Based on 2003 NHIS data (2) a projected

  • 67 million (25%) adults aged 18 years or older will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by the year 2030.
  • An estimated 37% (25 million adults) of those with arthritis will report arthritis-attributable activity limitations by the year 2030.

Additional Information

The best source for national arthritis prevalence estimates is the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an annual survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. Each year, the NHIS samples U.S. households and gathers information on select adult and child members living in each household. Estimates of health conditions and behaviors from the NHIS are representative of the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population. Read more about the NHIS surveillance. Specific NHIS Arthritis related questions (ACN.250_00.000 through ACN.295.000) are available [PDF - 2.2Mb] .

More on the impact of arthritis and associated health behaviors:


  1. Barbour KE, Helmick CG, Theis KA, Murphy LB, Hootman JM, Brady TJ, Cheng YJ. Prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation-United States, 2010-2012. MMWR 2013;62 (44):869-873.   html pdf - 1.89KB
  2. Hootman JM, Helmick CG. Projections of U.S. prevalence of arthritis and associated activity limitations. Arthritis Rheum 2006;54(1):266–229. abstract

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