Approximately 1.85% of eight-year old children in the United States had autism in 2016, representing about one in 54 children. The 2016 prevalence rate of 18.5 per 1,000 children is about 10% higher than the 2014 rate of 16.8 per 1,000 children (about one in 59 children). The prevalence of autism has been growing steadily since 2002 when prevalence was estimated at 0.7% (about one in 150 children). Across the states, the overall estimated prevalence of autism in 2016 was highest in New Jersey, at 31.4 per 1,000 children. Prevalence was . . .
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