Disability Rates by Type


July 2016

The chart and maps below explores the 2010-2014 ACS 5-year (table S1810) disability estimates by county type (OMB county classifications). 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 is for individuals ages 18 and older as not all data is collected for ages younger than 18 years.

Chart 5. Disability rates by type and county type (ages 18 years and up). A bar chart indicating that rates of disability increase from urban to rural across all types of disability.














Chart 5. Disability Rates by Type and County Type (ages 18 years and up). This chart shows that the trends of higher disability rates in rural areas remain when looking across impairment. Rates increase from urban to rural across all groups. The highest rates are found in the ambulatory difficulty group (8% in metropolitan to 10.6% in metropolitan to 12.5% in noncore) followed by Independent Living (5.6%, 6.8%, 7.8%), Cognitive (5%, 6%, 7,1%), Hearing (4%, 6%, 7.1%), Self-Care (2.9%, 3.6%, 4.2%) and Vision (2.6%, 3.5%, 4.1%) impairment.


Check out the links below for maps of disability type by county:






Independent Living


This work is part of the Geography of Disability Project.