Disability Counts

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Disability Counts is a collection of online tools and resources that provide accessible data about disability in rural areas and communities across the U.S.

RTC:Rural developed these resources so that anyone who would like to access and use disability data can easily find what they are looking for.

Explore these resources by clicking on the buttons below.


button for Disability Data Lookup Tool

RTC:Rural developed the Disability Data Lookup Tool to provide accessible data about disability in rural areas and communities across America. This site uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS) matched with information about rural definitions to provide a one-stop shop for downloading disability data for every county across the U.S and Puerto Rico.


National Maps button

Explore our Geography and Rural Disability research in these national maps. The maps in our Disability in America Map Series show rates of disability for every county in the U.S. There are maps on many topics, including veterans, poverty, employment, and rural-urban classifications. There are also maps for different kinds of impairments, including: hearing, seeing, mobility, cognitive, self-care, and Independent Living.


state profiles button

Explore disability data at the state level. For each state in the US, view and download county-level maps of  general disability rates, as well as maps of: disability rates among veterans; people with disabilities in poverty; disability rates by sex; disability rates by functional limitations, including vision, hearing, cognitive, mobility, self-care, and independent living difficulty; employment, unemployment, and out of labor force rates among people with disabilities.

(July 2019): These maps are a work in progress, and states will be added over the coming months.


American FactFinder button


If you would like more detailed data, visit the American FactFinder website, which contains additional data from the American Community Survey.

We have some tips for using the American FactFinder to access disability data. Find them here: A Step-by-Step Guide to Accessing Disability Data. There, you will find a step-by-step written guide and a demonstration video that explains how to see disability data and make a map using the American FactFinder website.


We are also available to offer technical assistance. If you have specific questions about data on disability in rural areas, please feel free to contact us.