Percentage of Adults Who Suffer from Chronic Pain

Subpopulation Unweighted Frequency Weighted Percentage Standard Error Lower 95% Confidence
Limit
Upper 95% Confidence
Limit
TOTAL 1014 21.8 0.8 20.2 23.3
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SEX . . . . .
Male 324 19.8 1.2 17.4 22.2
Female 690 23.6 0.9 21.8 25.4
AGE GROUP . . . . .
18-24 years 18 10.2 2.7 4.9 15.6
25-34 years 95 17.7 1.9 13.8 21.5
35-44 years 172 22.5 1.7 19.1 25.8
45-54 years 239 26.0 1.6 22.8 29.1
55-64 years 212 29.9 1.9 26.3 33.6
65+ years 275 23.2 1.3 20.6 25.8
ETHNICITY . . . . .
Hispanic 37 11.9 2.3 7.4 16.4
Non-Hispanic 974 22.5 0.8 21.0 24.1
RACE . . . . .
White Only 912 22.2 0.8 20.6 23.8
Black Only 36 22.9 4.1 14.8 30.9
Other Race Only 43 14.7 2.8 9.3 20.1
More than One Race 16 22.1 5.8 10.7 33.6
EDUCATION . . . . .
Less than High School 80 19.0 2.6 13.8 24.1
High School Graduate or G.E.D. 321 23.3 1.5 20.5 26.2
Some College 320 24.7 1.6 21.6 27.7
College Graduate 293 18.6 1.2 16.3 20.9
ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME . . . . .
Less than $15,000 106 34.9 4.0 27.1 42.7
$15,000 - $24,999 188 23.3 1.9 19.6 26.9
$25,000 - $34,999 142 23.0 2.1 18.8 27.1
$35,000 - $49,999 174 22.7 1.9 19.1 26.4
$50,000+ 296 20.7 1.3 18.2 23.2
EMPLOYMENT STATUS . . . . .
Employed for Wages / Self-Employed 530 19.6 0.9 17.7 21.4
Out of Work 47 28.2 4.7 19.0 37.4
Homemaker / Student 76 17.0 2.5 12.1 21.9
Retired 259 23.7 1.4 20.9 26.5
Unable to Work 101 66.1 4.3 57.6 74.5
AVERAGE HOURS WORKED . . . . .
None 296 21.9 1.3 19.2 24.5
1-19 Hours 45 21.0 4.3 12.6 29.4
20-39 Hours 117 17.6 1.9 13.8 21.4
40 + Hours 391 19.7 1.1 17.6 21.9
MARITAL STATUS . . . . .
Married / Member of Unmarried Couple 586 21.9 0.9 20.1 23.7
Divorced / Separated 208 30.9 2.0 26.9 34.8
Widowed 124 21.8 1.9 18.1 25.5
Never Married 95 15.8 2.4 11.1 20.6
DISABILITY STATUS . . . . .
Living with a Disability 551 55.2 2.0 51.2 59.2
Living without a Disability 459 13.4 0.7 12.0 14.8
POPULATION DENSITY . . . . .
Frontier 43 17.2 3.0 11.3 23.1
Rural 122 21.8 2.0 17.8 25.8
Densely-settled Rural 168 21.7 1.9 18.0 25.4
Semi-urban 200 23.1 1.7 19.7 26.4
Urban 479 21.8 1.2 19.5 24.0
SELF-PERCEIVED HEALTH STATUS . . . . .
Fair or Poor 326 47.8 2.4 43.2 52.5
Excellent to Good 684 17.8 0.8 16.2 19.3
HEALTH INSURANCE STATUS . . . . .
Uninsured 113 21.6 2.4 16.9 26.3
Insured 900 21.8 0.8 20.3 23.4
DIABETES STATUS . . . . .
Has Diabetes 132 36.2 3.0 30.4 42.0
No Diabetes 882 20.7 0.8 19.2 22.3
HYPERTENSION STATUS . . . . .
Hypertension 386 31.0 1.5 28.0 34.0
No Hypertension 628 18.9 0.9 17.2 20.6
ASTHMA STATUS . . . . .
Current Asthma 117 36.2 3.4 29.5 43.0
No Current Asthma 893 20.7 0.8 19.2 22.2
ARTHRITIS STATUS . . . . .
Has arthritis 623 44.1 1.5 41.1 47.1
No arthritis 382 13.3 0.8 11.7 14.9
MENTAL HEALTH INDICATOR . . . . .
14+ days mental health not good 174 45.8 3.5 39.0 52.7
<14 days mental health not good 820 19.4 0.8 17.9 20.9
SMOKING STATUS . . . . .
Current Smoker 219 29.8 2.3 25.4 34.2
Non-Smoker 792 20.0 0.8 18.4 21.5
WEIGHT CATEGORY . . . . .
Normal or Underweight (BMI <25) 311 18.0 1.3 15.6 20.5
Overweight (25 <= BMI < 30) 361 21.4 1.2 19.0 23.7
Obese (BMI >= 30) 304 30.7 1.8 27.2 34.1
LEISURE TIME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY . . . . .
Participates in leisure time physical activity 671 19.9 0.9 18.2 21.6
Does not participate in leisure time physical activity 343 27.7 1.7 24.3 31.0
RECOMMENDED LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY . . . . .
Meets Recommendations 382 19.5 1.2 17.2 21.8
Insufficient 402 22.8 1.2 20.4 25.2
No Activity 203 28.2 2.1 24.1 32.2

Numerator: Respondents reporting they suffer from any type of chronic pain
Denominator: All respondents, excluding unknowns and refusals.
 
On Questionnaire Split B