Demographics for Individuals with Chronic Pain

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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.

SEX

  • 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

  • Male: 18.6%
  • Female: 22.1%
  • The prevalence of chronic pain among women is higher than it is among men.
  • EDUCATION

    • 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

  • Less than high school: 26.1%
  • High school/GED: 23.7%
  • Some college: 22.6%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 13.4%
  • The prevalence of chronic pain among those who have a bachelor's degree is significantly lesser (almost half) than those who don't have one.
  • EMPLOYMENT STATUS

    • 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

  • Employed: 14.7%
  • Not employed; worked previously: 31.5%
  • Not employed; never worked: 15.9%
  • The prevalence of chronic pain among those who are unemployed is twice as much as those who are employed.
  • POVERTY STATUS

    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

    • 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.

    LOCATION

    • 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

    • Urban: 19.0%
    • Rural: 26.9%
    • The prevalence of chronic pain is higher among the rural population.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    • 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.

    RESEARCH STRATEGY

    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)).




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    • "Higher prevalence of chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain were observed among women, older adults, previously but not currently employed adults, adults living in poverty, adults with public health insurance, and rural residents."
    • "The age-adjusted prevalence of chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain was significantly lower among adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to all other education levels."
    • "Although non-Hispanic white adults had a significantly higher age-adjusted prevalence of chronic pain compared to all other racial and ethnic subgroups, no significant differences in high-impact chronic pain prevalence by race and ethnicity were observed."