Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes

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Among people of all ages, 2015 data indicated the following:

  • An estimated 23.1 million people—or 7.2% of the U.S. population—had diagnosed diabetes (Methods) (see Table 1b in the Appendix for more details).
  • This total included:
    • 132,000 children and adolescents younger than age 18 years (0.18% of the total U.S. population younger than age 18 years).
    • 193,000 children and adolescents younger than age 20 years (0.24% of the total U.S. population younger than age 20 years).
  • About 5% of people with diabetes are estimated to have type 1 diabetes (Methods).

Among U.S. adults aged 18 years or older, age-adjusted data for 2013–2015 indicated the following:

  • American Indians/Alaska Natives had the highest prevalence of diagnosed diabetes for both men (14.9%) and women (15.3%) (Figure 1) (Methods). Prevalence varied by region, from 6.0% among Alaska Natives to 22.2% among American Indians in certain areas of the Southwest.
  • Overall, prevalence was higher among American Indians/Alaska Natives (15.1%), non-Hispanic blacks (12.7%), and people of Hispanic ethnicity (12.1%) than among non-Hispanic whites (7.4%) and Asians (8.0%) (see Table 1c in the Appendix for more details).
  • Among people of Hispanic ethnicity, Mexicans had the highest prevalence (13.8%), followed by Puerto Ricans (12.0%), Cubans (9.0%), and Central/South Americans (8.5%) (see Table 1c in the Appendix for more details).
  • Among Asians, Asian Indians had the highest prevalence (11.2%), followed by Filipinos (8.9%), and Chinese (4.3%). Other Asian groups had a prevalence of 8.5% (see Table 1c in the Appendix for more details).
  • Prevalence varied significantly by education level, which is an indicator of socioeconomic status. Specifically, 12.6% of adults with less than a high school education had diagnosed diabetes versus 9.5% of those with a high school education and 7.2% of those with more than a high school education (see Table 1c in the Appendix for more details).

Figure 1. Estimated age-adjusted prevalence of diagnosed diabetes by race/ethnicity and sex among adults aged ≥18 years, United States, 2013–2015

Bar chart. American Indian and Alaska Native men make up 14.9% and women 15.3%. Asian men make up 9% and women 7.3%. Black, non-Hispanic men make up 12.2% and women 13.2%. Hispanic men make up 12.6% and women 11.7%. White, non-Hispanic men make up 8.1% and women 6.8%.

AI/AN = American Indian/Alaska Native.

Note: Error bars represent upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence interval.

Data source: 2013–2015 National Health Interview Survey, except American Indian/Alaska Native data, which are from the 2015 Indian Health Service National Data Warehouse.

Figure 2 shows model-based county-level estimates of the age-adjusted prevalence of diagnosed diabetes among U.S. adults aged 20 years or older in 2013 (Methods). Specifically, this figure shows that:

  • The median age-adjusted county-level prevalence of diagnosed diabetes was 9.4%, with a range of 3.8% to 20.8%.
  • Counties in the southern and Appalachian regions of the United States tended to have the highest prevalence of diagnosed diabetes.

Figure 2. Age-adjusted, county-level prevalence of diagnosed diabetes among adults aged ≥20 years,
United States, 2013

U.S. map displaying 2013 Diagnosed Diabetes Prevalence. Details can be found in the lik below this image.

Data source: United States Diabetes Surveillance System. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/atlas/countydata/atlas.html.

Page last reviewed: February 2, 2018