Rates of Vision Difficulty

These maps explore the American Community Survey 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county. For vision difficulty the ACS asks if a respondent is blind or has serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having a vision difficulty. This data is for all ages.

 


2017

Disability in America: People with Vision Difficulty (2017)

Map of people with vision difficulty by county in America 2017 data

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This map of the United States shows rates of vision difficulty by county. Only people aged 5 years and older are included in these data. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 0.0 to 8.1%. Rates of vision difficulty appear to be higher (1.2 to 8.1%) in Appalachian (particularly along the Kentucky/West Virginia border) and Southern states, parts of New Mexico, the northern Rocky Mountains, Northern California, and Southern Oregon. Rates seem to be lower (0.0 to 0.5%) in the Great Plains, Midwest, and the Northeast.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 


2015

Rate of vision difficulty in America, by county (2015)

This is a map of the United States which depicts rates of vision difficulty by county. A text description of this map is included in the webpage content.

Map of people reporting vision difficulty in the United States. Click on the image to view a full size, shareable version of the map.

This map of the United States shows rates of vision difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 0.0% to 16.9%. Rates of vision difficulty appear to be higher (6.31-16.9%) in Appalachian (particularly along the Kentucky-West Virginia border) and Southern states, parts of New Mexico, and central Alaska. Rates seem to be lower (0.0-6.3%) in the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, Midwest, Southern California, and the Northeast.

To browse or download the data this map was created with, use our Disability Counts Data Finder tool.

Map produced July 2017 based on 2011-2015 American Community Survey data.

 

 

 

 


2014

Rate of vision difficulty in America, by county (2014)

This is a map of the United States which depicts rates of vision difficulty by county. A text description of this map is included in the webpage content.

Map of people reporting vision difficulty in the United States. Click on the image to view a full size, shareable version of the map.

This map of the United States shows rates of vision difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 0.17% to 19.38%. Rates of vision difficulty appear highest (5.71-19.38%) in western New Mexico, western Texas, areas of the Appalachia region, and Puerto Rico. Vision difficulty rates are fairly low (0.17-5.7%) across the rest of America.

Map produced July 2016 based on 2010-2014 American Community Survey data.

 

 

 

 

 


This work is part of the RTC:Rural Geography of Disability Project.