Rural health findings from the National Center for Health Statistics

Data brief: Chronic Pain and High-impact Chronic Pain Among U.S. Adults, 2019

Key findings include:

  • Non-Hispanic white adults (23.6%) were more likely to have chronic pain compared with non-Hispanic black (19.3%), Hispanic (13.0%), and non-Hispanic Asian (6.8%) adults.
  • The percentage of adults with chronic pain and high impact chronic pain increased as place of residence became more rural.

Statistics Report: Urban-rural Differences in Visits to Office-based Physicians by Adults With Hypertension: United States, 2014–2016 (links to PDF)

Key findings include:

  • Compared with urban areas, adults who live in rural areas have higher rates of hypertension and are less likely to maintain normal body weight and meet aerobic activity recommendations, and are more likely to die of heart disease. Adults who live in rural areas are also more likely to live less active lifestyles and have less access to health care, making them more susceptible to diseases in comparison to adults living in urban areas. This report describes urban-rural differences in office-based physician visits made by adults aged 18 and over with documented hypertension by sex, age, and race and ethnicity.

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