There are around 30 million people affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the U.S., and many are unknowingly living with the disease, having not yet been diagnosed. However, COPD doesn’t affect all Americans equally. According to the COPD Foundation, the prevalence of COPD varies greatly from state to state.
MORE: The four stages of COPD
The highest state prevalence was Kentucky, where 9.3 percent of the general population lives with COPD. Kentucky is closely followed by Alabama (9.1 percent) and Tennessee (8.7 percent). The states with the lowest population of people with COPD were Washington and Minnesota with 3.9 percent each. The website also states that income plays a large role in COPD risk, with those earning less than $25,000 per year three times more likely to have COPD than those earning more.
COPD News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.