Disability Rates by Gender – Disability in America Map Series

July 2016, updated July 2017

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.

Maps are provided depicting the most recently available dataset (2011-2015 ACS data) as well as for the 2010-2014 dataset for reference.

  • This is a map of the United States which shows disability rates among females by county.
  • This is a map of the United States which shows disability rates among males by county.

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Disability rate among males in America by county (2015)

This is a map of the United States which shows disability rates among males by county. A text description of this map is included in the webpage content.

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This map of the United States depicts disability rates among males by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 3.66% to 37.98%. Disability tends to be more predominant (19.38-37.98%) in the Appalachia region, especially along the borders of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. There are also some concentrated pockets of higher rates in southern Missouri, western Oklahoma, Arkansas, parts of New Mexico, southern Nevada, and Puerto Rico. Disability rates among males are lowest (3.66-19.37%) in southern California, regions of the Rocky Mountains and that Great Plains.

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

Disability rate among females in America by county (2015)

This is a map of the United States which shows disability rates among females by county. A text description of this map is included in the webpage content.

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This map of the United States depicts disability rates among females by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 3.8% to 35.62%. Disability tends to be more prevalent (19.03-35.62) in the Appalachia region, particularly along the Kentucky-West Virginia border, as well as pockets in the South, and Puerto Rico. Disability among females tends to be less common (3.8-19.02%) in Alaska, southern California, and regions of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

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

Disability rate among males in America by county (2014)

This is a map of the United States which shows disability rates among males by county. A text description of this map is included in the webpage content.

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This map of the United States depicts disability rates among males by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 1.6% to 34.6%. Disability tends to be more predominant in Appalachia, especially along the borders of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. There are also some concentrated pockets of higher rates (19.81-36.6%) in southern Missouri, western Oklahoma, Arkansas, parts of New Mexico, southern Nevada, and Puerto Rico. Disability rates among males are lowest (1.6-19.8%) in southern California, regions of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

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

Disability rate among females in America by county (2014)

This is a map of the United States which shows disability rates among females by county. A text description of this map is included in the webpage content.

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This map of the United States depicts disability rates among females by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 3.8% to 38.1%.Disability tends to be more prevalent (18.71-38.1%) in Appalachia, particularly along the Kentucky-West Virginia border, as well as pockets in the South, and Puerto Rico. Disability among females tends to be less common (3.8-18.7%) in Alaska, southern California, and regions of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

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

This work is part of the Geography of Disability Project.