Chronic Pain Demographics
Individuals suffering from chronic pain are likely to be middle-aged or older, not have a bachelor's degree, have a household income of less than 400% of the FPL, and live in an urban area.
NUMBER OF CHRONIC PATIENTS BY AGE
- 18-24: 2,082,000
- 24-44: 11,042,000
- 45-64: 23,269,000
- 65-84: 11,808,000
- >=85: 1,766,000
- Almost half (46.57%) the chronic patients are middle-aged/ 45-64 years old.
- Roughly three in four (73.73%) chronic patients are middle-aged or older.
- Adults aged 24-84 account for 92.3% of all chronic patients in the United States.
PREVALENCE IN AGE BRACKET
- 18-24: 7%
- 24-44: 13.2%
- 45-64: 27.8%
- 65-84: 27.6%
- >=85: 33.6%
- The prevalence of chronic pain is highest among middle-aged and older individuals.
- Male: 21,989,000
- Female: 28,049,000
- The proportion of women in the total population that has chronic pain is 56.1%.
PREVALENCE BY GENDER
- Less than high school: 7,809,000
- High school/GED: 14,441,000
- Some college: 17,129,000
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 10,383,000
- Four in five (79.13%) individuals who suffer from chronic pain do not have a bachelor's degree.
PREVALENCE BY EDUCATION
- Employed 22,085,000
- Not employed; worked previously: 25,737,000
- Not employed; never worked: 2,083,000
- The unemployed account for 55.75% of all individuals who have chronic pain.
PREVALENCE BY EMPLOYMENT STATUS
- <100% FPL: 8,017,000
- 100% ≤FPL<200%: 11,357,000
- 200% ≤FPL<400%: 14,181,000
- ≥400% FPL: 16,441,000
- Two in three (67.11%) chronic patients have household incomes less than 400% of FPL.
PREVALENCE BY POVERTY STATUS
- <100% FPL: 25.8%
- 100% ≤FPL<200%: 26.2%
- 200% ≤FPL<400%: 20.3%
- ≥400% FPL: 16.3%
- The prevalence of chronic pain among patients decreases with income.
- Veterans: 6,379,000
- Non-veterans: 43,519,000
- One in eight (12.78%) individuals with chronic pain is a veteran.
PREVALENCE AMONG VETERANS
- Veterans: 29.1%
- Non-veterans: 19.5%
- Veterans are one-and-a-half times (29.1/19.5) more likely than the general population to suffer from chronic pain.
- Urban: 38,401,000
- Rural: 11,575,000
- Over three in four (76.84%) individuals with chronic pain live in urban areas.
PREVALENCE BY LOCATION
- New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Dallas-Forth Worth, TX are cities with the largest population of baby boomers.
- Raleigh, NC; San Jose, CA; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Charlotte, NC; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Portland, OR; Dallas, TX, and Denver, CO are metros with the highest proportion of Gen Xers, among metros with a population of over 1 million.
- Houston, TX; Phoenix, AZ; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Columbus, OH; Seattle, WA, El Paso, TX, and Indianapolis, IN are among the top twenty most populous cities (that have not been listed above).
- Florida, Texas, California, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Ohio are states with the largest population. Among these states, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio has a high median age.
The demographic data was obtained from the findings of the National Health Interview Survey. The additional information section indicates which cities and regions are likely to have many chronic pain patients. The cities have been listed based on the boomer population, the proportion of Gen Xers in the population, and the total population of the city. The focus is on the boomer and Gen X population concentrations as they are most likely to suffer from chronic pain. The percentage of figures have been calculated using the individual category totals. For example, the proportion of individuals suffering from chronic pain that are middle-aged is 46.57% (23,269,000/ (2,082,000+ 11,042,000+ 23,269,000 + 11,808,000 + 1,766,000)).