Rates of Vision Difficulty – Disability in America Map Series

These maps explore the American Community Survey 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county. For vision difficulty the ACS asks if a respondent is blind or has serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having a vision difficulty. This data is for all ages.

Rate of vision difficulty in America, by county (2015)

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

Map of people reporting vision 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 vision difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 0.0% to 16.9%. Rates of vision difficulty appear to be higher (6.31-16.9%) in Appalachian (particularly along the Kentucky-West Virginia boarder) and Southern states, parts of New Mexico, and central Alaska. Rates seem to be lower (0.0-6.3%) in the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, Midwest, Southern California, and the Northeast.

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

Rate of vision difficulty in America, by county (2014)

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

Map of people reporting vision 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 vision difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 0.17% to 19.38%. Rates of vision difficulty appear highest (5.71-19.38%) in western New Mexico, western Texas, areas of the Appalachia region, and Puerto Rico. Vision difficulty rates are fairly low (0.17-5.7%) across the rest of America.

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

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