Rates of Independent Living Difficulty – Disability in America Map Series

These maps explore the American Community Survey 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county. 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.

Rate of Independent Living Difficulty in America, by county (2015)

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

Map of people reporting independent living 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 independent living difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 0.0% to 23%. Rates of independent living difficulty appear to be higher (9.31-23%) in the Appalachia region (particularly along the Kentucky-West Virginia border) and throughout the South, northern Michigan, northern Maine, New Mexico, northern California, parts of Oregon. Rates appear to be lowest (0.0-9.3%) in Alaska, the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions, northern Nevada, Wyoming and Utah.

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.

Rate of Independent Living Difficulty in America, by county (2014)

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

Map of people reporting independent living 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 independent living difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 0.86% to 21.38%. Rates appear to be consistently higher (8.85-21.38%) 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 (0.86%-8.84%) in Alaska and the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions.

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

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