These maps explore the American Community Survey 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county. For ambulatory (i.e. mobility) difficulty the ACS asks if a respondent has serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having a mobility difficulty. This data is for ages 5 and up.
Rate of mobility difficulty in America by county (2015)
Rate of mobility difficulty in America by county. This map of the United States shows rates of mobility difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 0.9% to 23.9%. Rates appear to be higher (11.6-23.9 %) in the Appalachia Region, the South, New Mexico, northern California, Oregon, northern Idaho, and northern Maine. Rates seem to be lower (0.9-9%) in Alaska, the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions, the Midwest, and the Northeast.
Map produced July 2017 based on 2011-2015 American Community Survey data.
Rate of ambulatory (mobility) difficulty in America by county (2014)
This map of the United States shows rates of mobility difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 1.26% to 22.32%. Rates appear to be consistently high (11.04-22.32%) throughout the Appalachia region, the South, and Puerto Rico, with some concentrated pockets in Maine, the Southwest, northern California, and parts of Oregon and Idaho. Rates are lowest (1.26-11.03%) in southern California, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountain and the 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.