Rate of Disability-Independent Living Difficulty

This map explores the 2010-2014 ACS 5-year (table S1810) disability estimates by county type (OMB county classifications). For independent living difficulty the ACS asks because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, does the respondent have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having an independent living difficulty. This data is for ages 18 and up.

This is a map of the United States which depicts rates of independent living difficulty by county.

: Map 9. Rate of independent living difficulty in America by county. This map of the United States shows rates of independent living difficulty by county. Rates appear to be consistently higher in the Appalachia region and throughout the South, especially along the Kentucky-West Virginia border, as well as Puerto Rico and areas of New Mexico, western Texas, northern Michigan, and Maine. Rates appear to be lowest in Alaska and the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions.



This work is part of the Geography of Disability Project.