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  • Survey: 2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health
  • Starting Point: Child Health Measures
  • State/Region: Nationwide
  • Topic: Physical and Dental Health
  • Question: Prevalence of current Autism, Asperger's Disorder, PDD or other autism spectrum disorder, age 2-17 years (details)
  • Sub Group: Race/ethnicity of child

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How many children age 2-17 years currently have Autism, Asperger's Disorder, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) or other autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? (details -- national level data only)
Do not have conditionHad condition at some point, but not currentlyCurrently have conditionTotal %
C.I.(97.7 - 98.9)(0.1 - 0.3)(0.9 - 2.0)
Sample Count10,93939147
Pop. Est.14,500,45729,174217,223
White, non-Hispanic%
C.I.(97.2 - 97.7)(0.3 - 0.6)(1.9 - 2.4)
Sample Count53,7882141,139
Pop. Est.32,861,467151,420711,098
Black, non-Hispanic%
C.I.(97.5 - 98.6)(0.2 - 0.9)(0.9 - 1.9)
Sample Count7,85238123
Pop. Est.8,582,16448,491123,085
Other, non-Hispanic%
C.I.(97.4 - 98.4)(0.2 - 0.6)(1.3 - 2.1)
Sample Count8,94244186
Pop. Est.6,281,30326,493107,665

C.I. = 95% Confidence Interval.
Percentages and population estimates (Pop.Est.) are weighted to represent child population in US.

DATA ALERT: Hispanic includes all children reporting Hispanic/Latino origin; Non-Hispanic children reporting a single race category of either White or Black are grouped respectively; Non-Hispanic children reporting more than one race category are grouped under "Other, non-Hispanic". Non-Hispanic children reporting Asian, Native American, Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian are categorized as "Other, non-Hispanic" due to small sample sizes in most states.

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Suggested citation format: National Survey of Children's Health. NSCH 2011/12. Data query from the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health website. Retrieved [mm/dd/yy] from