Percentage of Adults with Arthritis or Chronic Joint Symptoms

Subpopulation Unweighted Frequency Weighted Percentage Standard Error Lower 95% Confidence
Limit
Upper 95% Confidence
Limit
TOTAL 1430 33.4 0.8 31.7 35.0
  . . . . .
SEX . . . . .
Male 482 30.2 1.3 27.7 32.7
Female 948 36.4 1.1 34.3 38.5
AGE GROUP . . . . .
18-24 years 50 11.3 1.7 7.9 14.6
25-34 years 114 15.7 1.6 12.5 18.9
35-44 years 222 25.0 1.7 21.7 28.2
45-54 years 295 40.0 2.1 35.9 44.2
55-64 years 234 46.0 2.5 41.2 50.9
65+ years 513 61.6 1.9 57.9 65.3
RACE/ETHNICITY . . . . .
White, Non-Hispanic 1310 35.0 0.9 33.2 36.7
Black, Non-Hispanic 58 38.6 4.7 29.4 47.8
Other Race, Non-Hispanic 21 19.3 4.8 9.9 28.6
Hispanic 34 11.5 2.2 7.2 15.8
EDUCATION . . . . .
Less than High School 169 44.0 3.0 38.2 49.9
High School Graduate or G.E.D. 502 36.7 1.5 33.8 39.7
Some College 418 32.6 1.5 29.6 35.7
College Graduate 336 27.1 1.5 24.2 29.9
ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME . . . . .
Less than $15,000 138 44.7 3.6 37.6 51.7
$15,000 - $24,999 279 38.4 2.1 34.3 42.5
$25,000 - $34,999 205 35.6 2.3 31.1 40.1
$35,000 - $49,000 207 31.1 2.0 27.1 35.0
$50,000+ 298 27.7 1.5 24.7 30.7
EMPLOYMENT STATUS . . . . .
Employed for Wages / Self-Employed 757 26.5 0.9 24.7 28.3
Out of Work 33 43.0 6.8 29.7 56.3
Homemaker / Student 85 23.3 2.7 18.1 28.5
Retired 477 60.7 2.0 56.9 64.6
Unable to Work 77 73.3 5.4 62.7 83.9
MARITAL STATUS . . . . .
Married / Member of Unmarried Couple 765 33.7 1.1 31.6 35.8
Divorced / Separated 268 40.3 2.2 36.1 44.6
Widowed 275 61.3 2.5 56.5 66.2
Never Married 110 14.3 1.5 11.3 17.3
DISABILITY STATUS . . . . .
Living with a Disability 507 71.9 1.9 68.2 75.6
Living without a Disability 922 25.9 0.8 24.3 27.6
POPULATION DENSITY . . . . .
Frontier 71 41.2 4.2 32.9 49.5
Rural 204 36.8 2.3 32.2 41.3
Densely-settled Rural 250 33.7 2.0 29.7 37.6
Semi-urban 333 38.1 1.9 34.3 41.9
Urban 564 29.3 1.2 27.0 31.7
SELF-PERCEIVED HEALTH STATUS . . . . .
Fair or Poor 366 68.4 2.3 64.0 72.8
Excellent to Good 1059 28.5 0.8 26.8 30.1
HEALTH INSURANCE STATUS . . . . .
Uninsured 123 27.1 2.4 22.3 31.8
Insured 1307 34.3 0.9 32.6 36.0
MENTAL HEALTH INDICATOR . . . . .
14+ days mental health not good 156 45.5 3.0 39.5 51.4
<14 days mental health not good 1239 31.9 0.9 30.2 33.6
SMOKING STATUS . . . . .
Current Smoker 308 34.7 1.8 31.1 38.3
Non-Smoker 1109 32.9 0.9 31.0 34.7
WEIGHT CATEGORY . . . . .
Normal or Underweight (BMI <25) 464 26.0 1.2 23.7 28.3
Overweight (25 <= BMI < 30) 518 34.1 1.4 31.3 36.9
Obese (BMI >= 30) 374 45.8 1.9 42.0 49.6

Numerator: Respondents who reported they had been told by a doctor that they
had arthritis or who reported pain, aching, stiffness, or swelling in or
around a joint on most days for at least one month during the past 12 months.
Denominator: All respondents, excluding unknowns and refusals.