Schizophrenia symptoms show up earlier for males. Here, we look at the age of onset, including ethnic and racial disparities, and common symptoms.

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Schizophrenia in the United States

Age of Onset

  • Schizophrenia is typically diagnosed in the late teens to early 30s
  • Males – late teens to early 20s
  • Females – early 20s to early 30s*

 Adult Population

  • 0.25% to 0.64% of the adult population has schizophrenia (based on surveys, clinical diagnostic interviews, and medical records)
  • 2.2 million-plus people in the US have schizophrenia – equivalent to 7.2 per 1,000 people)

Sources: NIMH: Schizophrenia. May 2018; May 2020. May 2020; Facts and Statistics.

By Angie Drakulich
Updated: Oct 1, 2021
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