COPD Statistics Across America How common is COPD? COPD affects an estimated 30 million individuals in the U.S. and our community stretches across all 50 states, and over half of them have symptoms and do not know it. Early screening can identify COPD before major loss of lung function occurs. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute estimates that 12 million adults have COPD and another 12 million are undiagnosed or developing COPD. The World Health Organization estimated 210 million individuals worldwide have COPD and total deaths are expected to increase more than 30% in the next ten years. 2013 marked the first year we were able to see the COPD prevalence rate for all 50 states thanks to the data put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavior Risk Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), the nation’s largest telephone health survey.” The map below shows the prevalence rate for each state. *Hover your mouse over each state to view the COPD prevalence rate.