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Asthma affects over 24 million individuals in the US and the prevalence of the condition is increasing in the US and worldwide. The prevalence of severe persistent asthma, which incurs a significant health and economic burden, is still poorly understood in children and adolescents. We aimed to define the prevalence of asthma severities in children and adolescents in an urban hospital setting as a function of age, sex, race, and ethnicity by assessing prescribed medications as a proxy for asthma severity according to NIH guidelines for care. We found that a plurality of patients across all age groups, sexes, races, and ethnicities were severe persistent asthmatics. We also found that younger individuals as well as those who are African American have higher odds of being moderate to severe asthmatics. This information can be used to generate hypotheses for future studies and can be used to better address patient needs. In addition, these results suggest that a health disparity among African Americans exists that is consistent with other aspects of the condition. To reduce the prevalence of asthma in all populations, future research should place a greater emphasis on identifying more indicative risk factors for prevention, finding strategies to identify asthma at an earlier age, and developing more effective and personalized therapeutics.