Rates of Self Care Difficulty – Disability in America Map Series

These maps explore the American Community Survey 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county. For self-care difficulty the ACS asks if a respondent has difficulty bathing or dressing. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having a self-care difficulty. This data is for ages 5 and up.

Rate of self-care difficulty in America, by county (2015)

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

Map of people reporting self-care 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 self-care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 0.0% to 15.5%. Rates of self-care difficulty appear to be higher (1.51-15.5%) in the Appalachia region (particularly along the Kentucky-West Virginia border), some areas of the South, northern California and southern Oregon, parts of New Mexico, and northern Idaho. Rates seem lower (0.0-4.5%) in Alaska, the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions, and the Midwest.  

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 self-care difficulty in America, by county (2014)

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

Map of people reporting self-care 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 self-care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 0.54% to 13.28%. Rates appear to be higher (4.21-13.28%) in the Appalachia region (particularly along the Kentucky-West Virginia border), areas of the South and Puerto Rico, with some concentrated pockets in Maine, New Mexico, northern California, and parts of Oregon, Idaho, and upper Michigan. Rates are lowest (0.54-4.21%) Alaska, 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.