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 1632 34.7 0.8 33.1 36.2
  . . . . .
SEX . . . . .
Male 593 31.3 1.2 28.9 33.6
Female 1039 37.8 1.0 35.8 39.9
AGE GROUP . . . . .
18-24 years 56 15.0 2.3 10.6 19.5
25-34 years 153 19.2 1.6 16.2 22.3
35-44 years 247 24.7 1.5 21.8 27.7
45-54 years 349 37.8 1.8 34.3 41.4
55-64 years 262 47.0 2.4 42.4 51.6
65+ years 549 62.9 1.8 59.4 66.4
RACE/ETHNICITY . . . . .
White Only, Non-Hispanic 1474 35.8 0.8 34.2 37.5
Black Only, Non-Hispanic 55 29.9 3.8 22.4 37.5
Other Race Only, Non-Hispanic 35 28.4 4.6 19.4 37.5
Multiracial, Non-Hispanic 18 33.5 7.1 19.5 47.5
Hispanic 43 20.9 3.1 14.8 27.0
EDUCATION . . . . .
Less than High School 152 45.0 3.1 38.9 51.1
High School Graduate or G.E.D. 534 37.1 1.5 34.3 40.0
Some College 520 37.3 1.5 34.4 40.1
College Graduate 419 27.2 1.3 24.7 29.6
ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME . . . . .
Less than $15,000 176 53.4 3.4 46.7 60.0
$15,000 - $24,999 288 42.1 2.2 37.7 46.4
$25,000 - $34,999 224 36.1 2.1 32.0 40.2
$35,000 - $49,999 288 35.1 1.8 31.5 38.7
$50,000+ 393 26.7 1.3 24.3 29.2
EMPLOYMENT STATUS . . . . .
Employed for Wages / Self-Employed 868 27.2 0.9 25.4 29.0
Out of Work 35 41.3 6.0 29.6 53.0
Homemaker / Student 106 25.7 2.4 21.0 30.4
Retired 507 61.4 1.9 57.8 65.1
Unable to Work 110 81.6 3.4 75.0 88.1
MARITAL STATUS . . . . .
Married / Member of Unmarried Couple 872 34.1 1.0 32.1 36.0
Divorced / Separated 302 40.0 2.0 36.0 43.9
Widowed 320 63.9 2.2 59.5 68.3
Never Married 129 18.5 2.0 14.6 22.5
DISABILITY STATUS . . . . .
Living with a Disability 540 76.3 1.8 72.8 79.8
Living without a Disability 1048 27.1 0.8 25.6 28.7
POPULATION DENSITY . . . . .
Frontier 87 40.0 3.7 32.8 47.2
Rural 242 40.9 2.4 36.2 45.6
Densely-settled Rural 232 35.4 2.2 31.2 39.6
Semi-urban 331 34.1 1.7 30.8 37.5
Urban 723 32.3 1.1 30.2 34.5
SELF-PERCEIVED HEALTH STATUS . . . . .
Fair or Poor 400 68.5 2.2 64.2 72.8
Excellent to Good 1224 29.7 0.8 28.2 31.3
HEALTH INSURANCE STATUS . . . . .
Uninsured 150 30.6 2.4 25.9 35.3
Insured 1479 35.1 0.8 33.5 36.8
MENTAL HEALTH INDICATOR . . . . .
14+ days mental health not good 239 57.0 2.7 51.7 62.4
<14 days mental health not good 1350 32.2 0.8 30.6 33.8
SMOKING STATUS . . . . .
Current Smoker 382 35.8 1.7 32.6 39.0
Non-Smoker 1245 34.2 0.9 32.5 36.0
WEIGHT CATEGORY . . . . .
Normal or Underweight (BMI <25) 568 29.0 1.2 26.7 31.3
Overweight (25 <= BMI < 30) 531 34.5 1.3 31.9 37.1
Obese (BMI >= 30) 438 47.1 1.9 43.5 50.8

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.