Key facts about asthma
• Around 8 percent of U.S. children were reported by their parents to have asthma in 2016, a decrease from a 2011 peak of 10 percent.
• Among children ages birth to 17, the prevalence of asthma was higher for males than for females, at 9 and 7 percent, respectively, in 2016.
• In 2016, asthma prevalence was much higher for American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic black children (16 and 15 percent, respectively) than for non-Hispanic white, Hispanic, or Asian children (7, 7, and 4 percent, respectively).
• In 2016, asthma was more common among children living in poverty and near poverty than among children with household incomes at least twice the federal poverty level (11 and 10 percent, respectively, compared to 7 percent).