In AAFA's Asthma Capitals 2019 Report, we ranked cities based on three health outcomes: asthma prevalence, asthma-related emergency department visits and asthma-related mortality rates. The outcomes were not weighted equally.
Asthma prevalence is the number of people in an area who have asthma. More than 26 million people living in the United States have asthma.
Factors like gender, race/ethnicity, social and economic status are linked to asthma. It is more common in boys than girls in childhood. In adulthood, it reverses and more women than men have asthma. Non-Hispanic black people and Puerto Ricans are also more likely to have asthma than non-Hispanic white people.1
About 20.3 million adults currently have asthma. Adults are nearly five times more likely to die from asthma than children.1
1. CDC - Asthma - Most Recent Asthma Data. (2018, May 15). Retrieved March 27, 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/most_recent_data.htm