Alabama State Profile

The maps below explore the American Community Survey 5-year (Table S1810) disability estimates. The ACS asks a set of disability indicator questions to determine disability, if a respondent can answer “yes” to any disability question they are classified as having a disability. The data below are for all age groups.


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2017

People with Disabilities: Alabama

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People with disabilities: Alabama

This map of the state of Alabama shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four levels: 11 to 12.8%, 12.9 to 15.5%, 15.6 to 18.8%, and 18.9 to 34.2%. Of the 67 counties in Alabama, 31 of them have the highest (18.9 to 34.2%) disability rates. These counties are located along the western border with Mississippi, south of Montgomery, and east of Birmingham. Rates are lowest (11 to 12.8%) in only three counties: Tuscaloosa, Shelby (near the middle of the state), and Lee (on the eastern border). Rates tend to be higher in rural counties than in urban ones. In the upper corner there is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Alabama compare to other states. Overall, Alabama has higher rates of disability than most other states. Only West Virginia has a higher overall rate of disability.

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Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.



Maps of Disability by Sex

People with Disabilities – Female: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing disability rates among females by county. See text on page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Alabama shows disability rates among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 11.0 to 16.5%, 16.6 to 18.5%, 18.6 to 22.0%, and 22.1 to 27.8%.

Sixteen of the 67 counties in Alabama have the highest rates, of 22.1 to 27.8%. They are mostly along the western border of the state: Marion, Winston, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Pickens, Greene, Sumter, Choctaw, Marengo, Perry, and Washington. Cleburne, Coosa, Lowndes, and Barbour also have the highest rates. Counties with higher rates of disability among females tend to be more rural.

Seventeen counties have the lowest rates, of 11.0 to 16.5%, and are scattered across the state. These counties are: Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Cullman, Blount, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Shelby, Chilton, Clay, Randolph, Lee, Montgomery, Bullock, Coffee, Mobile, and Baldwin. These counties tend to be more urban.  

To browse or download the data used to make this map, use our Disability Data Lookup Tool.

For information on how biological sex is used and defined in the ACS, see “American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey 2017 Subject Definitions” page 125.

Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

People with Disabilities – Male: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing disability rates among males by county. See text on page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Alabama shows disability rates among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 11.0 to 15.8%, 15.9 to 18.3%, 18.4 to 21.6%, and 21.7 to 27.4%.

Sixteen of the 67 counties in Alabama have the highest rates, of 21.7 to 27.4%. They are: Marion, Winston, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Pickens, Greene, Perry, Marengo, Choctaw, Washington, Cleburne, Coosa, Lowndes, Conecuh, and Geneva. These counties tend to be more rural.

Seventeen counties have the lowest rates, of 11.0 to 16.5%, and are scattered across the state: Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, DeKalb, Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Tuscaloosa, Mobile, Baldwin, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph, and Lee. These counties tend to be more urban.  

To browse or download the data used to make this map, use our Disability Data Lookup Tool.

For information on how biological sex is used and defined in the ACS, see “American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey 2017 Subject Definitions” page 125.

Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.


Disability Rates by Functional Limitation

People with Vision Difficulty: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing rates of vision difficulty by county for ages 5+. See text on webpage for full text description.
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This map of the state of Alabama shows rates of vision difficulty for ages 5 years and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 0.5 to 0.9%, 1.0 to 1.1%, 1.2 to 1.4%, and 1.5 to 2.5%.

Sixteen of the 67 counties in Alabama have the highest rates, of 1.5 to 2.5%. These are: Lawrence, Winston, Walker, Lamar, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Choctaw, Washington, Wilcox, Lowndes, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Geneva, Henry, and Cherokee.  

Seventeen counties have the lowest rates, of 0.5 to 0.9%. These are: Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Randolph, Chambers, Lee, Elmore, Pike, Coffee, Clarke, Monroe, Mobile, and Baldwin.

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Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

People with Hearing Difficulty: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing rates of hearing difficulty by county for ages 5+. See text on page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Alabama shows rates of hearing difficulty for ages 5 years and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 0.9 to 1.7%, 1.8 to 2.0%, 2.1 to 2.5%, and 2.6 to 3.5%.

Sixteen of the 67 counties in Alabama have the highest rates, of 2.6 to 3.5%. These are: Colbert, Marion, Winston, Pickens, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, Choctaw, Washington, Clarke, Wilcox, Monroe, Barbour, Coosa, and Cleburne.

Seventeen counties have the lowest rates, of 0.5 to 0.9%. These are: Limestone, Madison, Lawrence, Cullman, Blount, Tuscaloosa, Shelby, Talladega, Clay, Lee, Chilton, Montgomery, Bullock, Crenshaw, Coffee, Henry, and Baldwin.

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Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

People with Cognitive Difficulty: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing rates of cognitive difficulty by county. See webpage for full text description.
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This map of the state of Alabama shows rates of cognitive difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 1.9 to 2.9%, 3.0 to 3.4%, 3.5 to 4.5%, and 4.6 to 6.5%.  

Sixteen of the 67 counties in Alabama have the highest rates, of 4.6 to 6.5%. They are mostly along the western border of the state: Franklin, Marion, Winston, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Pickens, Sumter, Choctaw, Marengo, Perry, and Washington. Crenshaw, Geneva, Barbour, and Henry also have the highest rates. Counties with higher rates of cognitive disability tend to be more rural.

Seventeen counties have the lowest rates, of 0.5 to 0.9%, and are scattered across the state. These counties are: Lauderdale, Madison, Jackson, DeKalb, Blount, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Shelby, Randolph, Autauga, Elmore, Macon, Lee, Wilcox, Monroe, Baldwin, and Mobile. These counties tend to be more urban.  

To browse or download the data used to make this map, use our Disability Data Lookup Tool.

Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

People with Mobility Difficulty: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing rates of mobility difficulty by county. See page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Alabama shows rates of mobility difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 2.8 to 4.0%, 4.1 to 4.8%, 4.9 to 5.4%, and 5.5 to 8.6%.

Sixteen of the 67 counties in Alabama have the highest rates, of 5.5 to 8.6%. These counties tend to be along the state borders. They are: Marion, Winston, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Pickens, Greene, Marengo, Choctaw, Washington, Cherokee, Cleburne, Clay, Covington, Geneva, and Dale. These counties tend to be more rural.

Seventeen counties have the lowest rates, of 2.8 to 4.0%. They are: Madison, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Shelby, Jefferson, Hale, Perry, Dallas, Wilcox, Monroe, Mobile, Randolph, Lee, Macon, Bullock, Pike, and Montgomery. These counties tend to be more urban.  

To browse or download the data used to make this map, use our Disability Data Lookup Tool.

Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

People with Self Care Difficulty: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing rates of self care difficulty by county. Full text description on webpage.
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This map of the state of Alabama shows rates of self care difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 3.9 to 5.8%, 5.9 to 6.8%, 6.9 to 8.0%, and 8.1 to 11.2%.

Sixteen counties have the highest rates of self care difficulty, at 8.1 to 11.2%. These counties are: Marion, Winston, Fayette, Walker, Pickens, Greene, Sumter, Choctaw, Perry, Wilcox, Lowndes, Crenshaw, Coosa, Barbour, Etowah and Calhoun. Seventeen counties have the second-highest rates, of 6.9 to 8.0%. Sixteen counties have rates of 5.9 to 6.8%. Seventeen counties have the lowest rates, of 3.9 to 5.8%. These counties are: Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Blount, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Shelby, Clay, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Lee, Monroe, Mobile, Baldwin, and Escambia.

To browse or download the data used to make this map, use our Disability Data Lookup Tool.

Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

People with Independent Living (IL) Difficulty: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing rates of IL difficulty by county. Full text description on webpage.
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This map of the state of Alabama shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 5.7 to 9.4%, 9.5 to 10.8%, 10.9 to 12.8%, and 12.9 to 16.4%.

Sixteen counties have the highest rates of IL difficulty, at 12.9 to 16.4% These counties are: Marion, Winston, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Pickens, Sumter, Choctaw, Perry, Marengo, Washington, Cleburne, Lowndes, Conecuh, Escambia, and Barbour. Most of these are rural counties. Seventeen counties have the second-highest rates, of 10.9 to 12.8% Seventeen counties have rates of 9.5 to 10.8%. Seventeen counties have the lowest rates, of 5.7 to 9.4%. These counties are: Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Cullman, Blount, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Shelby, Randolph, Lee, Russell, Montgomery, Pike, Coffee, Clarke, Mobile, and Baldwin. Lower rates tend to be found in more urban counties.

To browse or download the data used to make this map, use our Disability Data Lookup Tool.

Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.




Veterans

Veterans with Disabilities: Alabama

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This map of the state of Alabama shows rates of disability among veterans aged 18 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 10.5 to 20.0%, 20.1 to 24.7%, 24.8 to 29.0%, and 29.1 to 47.7%.

Of the 67 counties in Alabama, 16 have the highest rates, of 29.1 to 47.7%. They are: Marshall, Winston, Fayette, Walker, Pickens, Calhoun, Bibb, Hale, Marengo, Choctaw, Escambia, Covington, Crenshaw, Pike, Barbour, and Macon. Seventeen counties have the second-highest rates of 24.8 to 29.0%. Seventeen have rates of 20.1 to 24.7%. Seventeen counties have the lowest rates of veterans with disabilities, at 10.5 to 20.0%. These counties are: Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Franklin, Lawrence, Cullman, DeKalb, Greene, Tuscaloosa, Perry, Shelby, Autauga, Washington, Baldwin, Conecuh, Coffee and Dale.

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Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.




Poverty

People with Disabilities in Poverty: Alabama

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This map of the state of Alabama shows poverty rates among people with disabilities by county. Poverty rates are broken into four levels: 13.2 to 17.2%, 17.3 to 21.3%, 21.4 to 26%, and 26.1to 49.9%.

Of the 67 counties in Alabama, 27 have the highest (26.1 to 49.9%) poverty rates among people with disabilities, and 28 have the second highest rates (21.4 to 26%). Eight counties have rates of 17.3 to 21.3%.The only three counties with low rates (13.2 to 17.2%) are Baldwin, Elmore, and Shelby, all urban counties.

This map shows that there are high rates of poverty among people with disabilities in most counties in Alabama, both rural and urban. Rates tend to be higher in rural counties than in urban ones.

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Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.



Employment

People Employed with a Disability: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing employment rate for people with disabilities by county. Full text description on webpage.
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This map of Alabama shows employment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 6.4% to 39.4%.

The highest rates, from 30.1 to 39.4%, are found in mainly urban counties. The sixteen counties with the highest employment rates for people with disabilities are: Madison, Franklin, Marion, Lamar, Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, Chilton, Autauga, Montgomery, Pike, Coffee, Dale, Henry, Chambers, and Lee.

Seventeen counties have the lowest rates of employment for people with disabilities, at 6.4 to 20.7%. These counties are: Jackson, DeKalb, Lawrence, Randolph, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Macon, Bullock, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Perry, Marengo, Wilcox, Clarke, Conecuh, and Escambia.

While some of the counties with higher employment rates are urban, many of the rural counties also have higher rates. However, overall employment rates are higher in urban counties than rural ones.

To browse or download the data used to make this map, use our Disability Data Lookup Tool.

Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

People Unemployed with a Disability: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing unemployment rate for people with disabilities by county. Full text description on webpage.
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This map of Alabama shows unemployment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 1.5 to 13.0%.

The highest rates, from 6.0 to 13.0%, are found in sixteen counties across the state. Most of these counties are urban. They are: Lauderdale, Winston, Walker, Jefferson, Calhoun, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Perry, Hale, Macon, Bullock, Dale, Houston, Covington, and Mobile.

The lowest rates, of 1.5 to 3.3%, are found in seventeen counties across the state. Many, but not all, of these counties are rural. They are: Limestone, Jackson, DeKalb, Cherokee, Franklin, Cullman, Lamar, Coosa, Randolph, Chambers, Dallas, Wilcox, Monroe, Choctaw, Washington, Crenshaw, and Henry.

To browse or download the data used to make this map, use our Disability Data Lookup Tool.

Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

Out of the Labor Force with a Disability: Alabama

Map of Alabama showing rate of people with disabilities out of the labor force by county. Full text description on webpage.

This map of Alabama shows rates of people with disabilities who are out of the labor force, by county. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 55.4 to 90.6%.

The highest rates, of 74.9 to 90.6%, are found in sixteen counties across the state. Many of these are rural counties. They include: Lawrence, Jackson, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Randolph, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Greene, Hale, Perry, Marengo, Wilcox, Monroe, Conecuh, and Escambia.

The lowest rates, of 55.4 to 65.1%, are found in seventeen counties across the state. Most of these are urban counties. The counties are: Madison, Franklin, Marion, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, St. Clair, Calhoun, Cleburne, Shelby, Chilton, Autauga, Montgomery, Lee, Pike, Coffee, Dale, and Henry.

To browse or download the data used to make this map, use our Disability Data Lookup Tool.

Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.


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