Note: There are different data sources for some of the arthritis related statistics; therefore, case definitions and terminology will also vary. Read more.
- From 2013- 2015, an estimated 54.4 million US adults (22.7%) annually had ever been told by a doctor that they had some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.1
- The percentage of adults with arthritis varies by state, ranging from 17.2% in Hawaii to 33.6% in West Virginia in 2015. View more state- specific prevalence data.
- The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Other common rheumatic conditions include gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- By 2040, an estimated 78 million (26%) US adults ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.2
- The risk of arthritis increases with age and arthritis is more common among women than men.1
- From 2013 to 2015 in the United States
- Of persons ages 18–44, 7.1% ever reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
- Of persons ages 45–64, 29.3% ever reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
- Of persons ages 65 or older, 49.6% ever reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
- Twenty-six percent of women and 19.1% men ever reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
- 4.4 million Hispanic adults ever reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
- 41.3 million Non-Hispanic Whites ever reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
- 6.1 million Non-Hispanic Blacks ever reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
- 1.5 million Non-Hispanic Asians ever reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
- Adults 18 or older who are overweight or obese report doctor-diagnosed arthritis more often than adults with a lower body mass index (BMI).
- More than 16% of under/normal weight adults report doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
- Almost 23% of overweight and 31% of obese US adults report doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
Leading Cause of Disability
- Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions are a leading cause of disability among US adults, and the most common cause of disability among US adults for the past 15 years.3
- Among all civilian, non-institutionalized US adults 23.7 million had both doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis attributable activity limitations in 2013-2015.1
- Around 44% of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis also had arthritis-attributable activity limitations in 2013-2015.1
- In all US states, 1 in 25 working-age adults (18-64 years old) face work limitations they attribute to arthritis; among those with arthritis, at least 1 in 4 have work limitations. The prevalence of work limitations due to arthritis varies by state. View state- specific prevalence data.
Risk of Falls and Fall Injuries
- Adults with arthritis were about 2.5 times more likely to have two or more falls and suffer a fall injury in the past 12 months compared with adults without arthritis.4
- Barbour KE, Helmick CG, Boring MA, Brady TJ. Vital signs: prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation --- United States, 2013—2015. Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2017 March 7. [Epub ahead of print].
- Hootman JM, Helmick CG, Barbour KE, Theis KA, Boring MA. Updated projected prevalence of self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation among US adults, 2015-2040. Arthritis & Rheumatology. 2016 Mar 25. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1002/art.39692. PubMed PMID: 27015600.
- United States Bone and Joint Initiative: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States (BMUS), Third Edition, 2014. Rosemont, IL. Available at http://www.boneandjointburden.org. Accessed on April 19, 2014.
- Barbour KE, Stevens JA, Helmick CG,Luo YH, Murphy LB, Hootman JM, Theis KA, Anderson LA, Baker NA, Sugerman DE. Falls and fall injuries among adults with arthritis—United States, 2012. Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63(17):379-383.
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- Page last updated: March 6, 2017
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