Number of the Day: 8.7%

March 11, 2013 | Number of The Day

With most public health indicators, New Jersey performs much better than the rest of the country — but not when it comes to the rate of asthma. According to, a statistical website maintained by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, New Jersey adults have an 8.7 percent rate of asthma, while the rest of the nation is at 8.6 percent.

But the younger the person is, the higher the prevalence of asthma. Only adults 45 years old and older have a lower prevalence of asthma than the rest of the country. Those aged between 18 to 24 have a 12.3 percent rate, as opposed to 10.3 percent nationally. Adults between the ages of 25 and 24 have a 9.1 percent rate in New Jersey, while the rest of the country suffers at a 8.6 percent rate. Those between the ages of 35 and 44 are closer in prevalence (8.3 percent vs. 8.1 percent) but it’s still higher in New Jersey.

Hispanics make the biggest difference in the statistics, since 10.4 percent of all Latino adults in the Garden State say they have asthma, while only 7.2 percent say they suffer from the disease nationally.