Women’s Health

Data are for the U.S.

Health status
  • Percent of women aged 18 and over in fair or poor health: 13.9% (2021)

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2019-2021

Alcohol use
  • Percent of women aged 18 and over who had four or more drinks in 1 day at least once in the past year: 19.8%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2018 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 9.2

Physical activity
  • Percent of women aged 18 and over who met the 2018 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity: 20.4%

Source: Physical Activity Among Adults Aged 18 and Over: United States, 2020

Smoking
  • Percent of women aged 18 and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 10.1% (2021)

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2019-2021

Obesity
  • Percent of women aged 20 and over who are obese: 41.8% (2015-2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, Table 26 [PDF – 9.8 MB]

Hypertension
  • Percent of women aged 20 and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 45.2% (2015-2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, Table 22 [PDF – 9.8 MB]

Health insurance coverage
  • Percent of females under age 65 without health insurance coverage: 9.5%

Source: Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2021 [PDF – 492 KB]

Mortality
  • Number of deaths (all ages): 1,613,845
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 965.1

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2020) via CDC WONDER

Leading causes of death