Facts & Statistics

The Explosion of Autism


1 in 68 children


1 in 166 children


1 in 500 children


1 in 2500 children


  • Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
  • Autism is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
  • About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. (CDC, 2014)
  • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%–18% chance of having a second child who is also affected (CDC 2015).

Financial Impact

  • Autism services cost U.S. citizens $236-262 billion annually; about 75% of these costs are in adult services. (Buescher et al., 2014)
  • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
  • It is estimated to cost at least $17,000 $21,000 more per year to care for a child with ASD compared to a child without ASD. Costs include health care, education, ASD-related therapy, family-coordinated services, and caregiver time (CDC 2015).


Individuals with Autism in the Inland Empire (as of Dec 2016)

Twenty years ago, autism was considered to be rare. Today 1 in 68 children will be affected. There are over 11,000 reported cases of autism just in the Inland Empire – more than almost half the states in the United States.