U.S.: Share of Women Who Perceive Their Personal Health as Fair or Poor, by race/ethnicity
Race/ethnicityFemale population,
in %
Non-Hispanic white16
Non-Hispanic black23
Asian and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander10
American Indian/ Alaska Native31
  • Region: United States
  • Time period: 2022
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Highest reported poor health status among American Indian/Alaska Native women

American Indian/Alaska Native women have the highest percentage of reporting their health as fair or poor at 31%, highlighting a significant disparity in health status compared to other racial/ethnic groups.

Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Black women report similar health concerns

Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Black women have comparable rates of reporting their health as fair or poor, with percentages at 25% and 23% respectively. This similarity suggests shared challenges in healthcare access or underlying health conditions among these communities.

Lowest reported poor health status among Asian and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander women

Asian and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander women report the lowest percentage of fair or poor health status, at only 10%. This figure indicates a notably better perceived health status in this group compared to others.

Significant health disparity for Non-Hispanic white women

Non-Hispanic white women report their health as fair or poor at a rate of 16%, which is substantially lower than that reported by American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic, Non-Hispanic Black, and women classified as Other, emphasizing the racial disparities in health outcomes.

One in four women in the 'Other' category report poor health

Women categorized as 'Other' report their health as fair or poor at a rate of 24%, underscoring the presence of health disparities in groups that may include multiple races or ethnicities not separately categorized, reflecting diverse but significant health challenges.

Frequently Asked Questions

What racial or ethnic group of women report the highest percentage of poor health in the U.S.?

American Indian/Alaska Native women have the highest percentage of reported poor health at 31%.

Which group of women reports the lowest percentage of poor health status?

Asian and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander women have the lowest percentage of reported poor health at 10%.

Terms and Definitions

Personal health refers to the state of health and wellbeing of an individual. It encompasses various aspects such as physical health, mental health, and emotional health. The condition of one's personal health can be determined through various indicators such as lifestyle behaviors, health outcomes, and wellness assessments.

Perception in the context of health refers to an individual's understanding or view of their personal health status. This is generally subjective and can be influenced by various factors including personal beliefs, experiences, cultural norms, and external feedback.

When referring to personal health, "fair" is used to describe a condition that is neither extremely good nor bad. While individuals might have some health concerns or issues, they are generally able to function in their everyday life without significant limitations.

Poor health refers to a state in which an individual is suffering from significant health issues or conditions that negatively impact their quality of life. This could include chronic diseases, frequent illnesses, or severe mental or emotional health issues.

Race and Ethnicity are social categories used to classify and group people into distinct populations or groups based on shared cultural, ancestral, historical, or national experiences. In the context of health studies, race/ethnicity is often considered as a factor because it is associated with different health outcomes due to various reasons such as socio-economic factors, health behaviors, and genetic considerations.

Health disparities refer to a higher burden of illness, injury, disability, or mortality experienced by one population group relative to another group. They often occur across racial, ethnic, socio-economic groups, regions, and are often linked to social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantages.

Health outcomes refer to the results of specific health care practices and interventions. These outcomes include changes to health status, rates of health care-associated infections, readmission rates and patient satisfaction. It's an evaluation measure to assess the effectiveness of health care services.
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