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 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 border) 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.
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 vision difficulty in America, by county (2014)
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.