Michigan 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.


  • Map of Michigan showing disability rates by county. Full text description in post.

2017

People with Disabilities: Michigan

Map of Michigan showing disability rates by county. Full text description in post.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four levels: 8.8 to 14.4%, 14.5 to 16.5%, 16.6 to 18.8%, and 18.9 to 26.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates of disability in rural counties than urban ones. Most of these counties are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. Of the five cities, Flint is located in a county with a disability rate of 16.6 to 18.8%, the third-highest category. The others are all in counties with the lowest rates, of 8.8 to 14.4%.

In the upper corner there is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Michigan compare to other states. Overall, disability rates in Michigan are in the second-highest category, which means Michigan has slight higher rates of disability than most other states.

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

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


Maps of Disability by Sex

People with Disabilities – Female

Map of Michigan showing rates of females with disabilities by county. Full text description in post.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows disability rate among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 9.2 to 25.6%.

Overall, there are higher rates of females with disabilities in rural counties than in urban ones. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones, and all of the counties with the highest rates, of 17.7 to 25.6%, are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. Of the five cities, Flint is located in a county with a rate of 16.3 to 17.6%, the third-highest category. The others are all in counties with the lowest rates, of 9.2 to 14.2%.

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 September 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.


People with Disabilities – Male

Map of Michigan showing rates of males with disabilities by county. Full text description in post.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows disability rate among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 8.4 to 27.3%.

Overall, there are higher rates of males with disabilities in rural counties than in urban ones. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones. Most of these counties are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. Of the five cities, Flint is located in a county with a rate of 14.8 to 16.8%, the third-highest category. The others are all in counties with the lowest rates, of 8.4 to 14.7%.

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 September 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.



Disability Rates by Functional Limitation

People with Vision Difficulty

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with vision difficulty (ages 5+) by county. For full text description, see Michigan State Profile page.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 0.3 to 0.6%, 0.7 to 0.8%, 0.9 to 1.0%, and 1.1 to 1.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones. All of the counties with the highest rates, of 1.1 to 1.9%, are in rural counties. Most of these counties are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, and Ann Arbor are located in counties with the lowest rate of 0.3 to 0.6%. Flint is located in a county with the second-lowest rate of 0.7 to 0.8%.  

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

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


People with Hearing Difficulty

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with hearing difficulty (ages 5+) by county. For full text description see Michigan State Profile page.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 0.5 to 1.4%, 1.5 to 1.6%, 1.7 to 1.9%, and 2.0 to 2.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates of hearing difficulty in rural counties than in urban ones. Most of these counties are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Ann Arbor are located in counties with the lowest rate of 0.5 to 1.4%. Detroit is located in a county with the second-lowest rate of 1.5 to 1.6%, and Flint is in a county with the second highest rate of 1.7 to 1.9%.   

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

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


People with Cognitive Difficulty

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. For full text description see Michigan State Profile page.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 1.2 to 2.1%, 2.2 to 2.4%, 2.5 to 3.0%, and 3.1 to 5.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates of cognitive difficulty in rural counties than in urban ones. Most of these counties are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula, though there are some counties with higher rates (2.5 to 3.0%, the second-highest category) along the southern border of the state. Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Ann Arbor are located in counties with the lowest rate of 1.2 to 2.1%. Flint and Lansing are located in counties with the second-lowest rate of 2.2 to 2.4%.   

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

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


People with Mobility Difficulty

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with mobility difficulty. Full text description in post.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows rates of people with mobility difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.3 to 9.1%.

Overall, there are higher rates of mobility difficulty in rural counties than in urban ones. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates of people with mobility difficulty in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones. All of the counties with the highest rate, of 6.6 to 9.1%, are in rural counties. Most of these counties are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. All of the five major cities are located in counties with the lowest rate of 2.3 to 4.0%.

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

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

People with Self Care Difficulty

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with self care difficulty by county. See Michigan State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows rates of people with self care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 3.3 to 5.5%, 5.6 to 6.2%, 6.3 to 6.9%, and 7.0 to 10.5%.  

The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates of cognitive difficulty in rural counties than in urban ones, though rates are somewhat varied across the state. Most of the counties with the highest rates, of 7.0 to 10.5%, are in the northern-half of the state and eastern half of the Upper Peninsula.

Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Ann Arbor are located in counties with the lowest rate of 3.3 to 5.5%. Lansing is located in a county with a rate of 5.6 to 6.2%, the second-lowest rate. Flint is in a county with 6.3 to 6.9%, the second-highest rate.

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

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


People with Independent Living (IL) Difficulty

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with IL difficulty by county. Text description on webpage.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 4.3 to 14.2%.

Overall, there are higher rates of independent living difficulty in rural counties than in urban ones. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates of people with independent living difficulty in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones. Most of these counties are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. Of the five cities, Flint is located in a county with a disability rate of 8.6 to 9.7%, the second-highest category. The others are all in counties with the lowest rates, of 4.3 to 6.9%.

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

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



Veterans

Veterans with Disabilities

Map of Michigan showing rates of veterans with disabilities by county. See Michigan State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows rates of disability among veterans aged 18 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 24.2 to 29.9%, 30.0 to 32.1%, 32.3 to 35.7%, and 35.8 to 45.0%.  

The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates of veterans with disabilities in rural counties than urban ones. All counties with the highest rates (35.8 to 45.0%) are in the northern half of the state, and are mostly rural counties. The lowest rates, of 24.2 to 29.9%, are found in the southern half of the state, in the counties around Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. The counties surrounding Lansing, Fling, and Detroit have slightly higher rates, of 30.0 to 32.1%.

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

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



Poverty

People with Disabilities in Poverty

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with disabilities in poverty by county. Full text description in post.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows poverty rates among people with disabilities of all ages by county. Poverty rates are broken into four levels: 9.9 to 19.0%, 19.1 to 22.2%, 22.3 to 24.9%, and 25.0 to 30.6%.

Overall, there are higher rates of people with disabilities in poverty in rural counties than in urban ones. However, this is somewhat variable across the state. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Both Lansing and Flint are located in counties with rates of 25.0 to 30.6%, the highest levels. Most of the counties with the highest rates are in the middle of the state, just north of Grand Rapids. Most of the counties in the Upper Peninsula have rates in the middle two categories, of 19.1 to 22.2% and 22.3 to 24.9%.

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

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



Employment

People Employed with a Disability

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with disabilities who are employed. Text description in post.
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This map of Michigan shows employment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 17.8 to 46.2%.

Overall, there are higher employment rates for people with disabilities in urban counties than rural ones. However, this is somewhat variable across the state. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Rates in the counties containing Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, and Ann Arbor are in the highest category, of 37.2 to 46.2%. Rates around Flint, however, are in the lowest category, of 17.8 to 24.9%. Overall employment rates tend to be higher in the southern half of the state, though there are a few counties with high rates in the Upper Peninsula along the coast of Lake Superior and along the coast of Lake Michigan.

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

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


People Unemployed with a Disability

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with disabilities who are unemployed by county. See Michigan State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of Michigan shows unemployment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories: 0.0 to 4.0%, 4.1 to 5.2%, 5.3 to 6.7%, and 6.8 to 9.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Rates are varied across the state, though in the Upper Peninsula there are higher rates (of 6.8 to 9.9%) in the eastern three-quarters of the peninsula, and the lowest rates (0.0 to 4.0%) in the western-most counties. Rates are variable across the rest of the state.  

Rates in the counties containing Grand Rapids, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor are in the second-highest category, of 5.3 to 6.7%. Lansing is in a county with the highest unemployment rates, of 6.8 to 9.9%.

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

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


Out of the Labor Force with a Disability

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with disabilities who are out of the labor force. Full text description on the Michigan State Profile page.
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This map of Michigan shows out of labor force rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories: 48.6 to 58.0%, 58.1 to 63.5%, 63.6 to 69.2%, and 69.3 to 80.8%.

The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Rates are varied across the state, though there is a cluster of counties with the highest rates (of 69.3 to 80.8%) in the rural counties in the northern part of the state. There is another cluster of counties with this highest rate in the western part of the Upper Peninsula. Rates are variable across the rest of the state.

Rates in the counties containing Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, and Ann Arbor are in the lowest category, of 48.6 to 58.0%. Flint is in a county with the second-highest unemployment rates, of 63.6 to 69.2%.

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

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



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