California State Profile

The maps below explore the American Community Survey 5-year (Table S1810) disability estimates. The ACS asks a set of disability indicator questions to determine disability, if a respondent can answer “yes” to any disability question they are classified as having a disability. The data below are for all age groups.



People with Disabilities: California

This map of California shows general disability rates by county. See page for full text description.
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This map of the state of California shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four categories: 7.3 to 12.8%, 12.9 to 15.5%, 15.6 to 18.8%, and 18.9 to 34.2%. The highest rates are in northern California (north of Sacramento), and in a few counties east of San Jose. Rates are highest in rural counties, and lowest in urban areas.

There is an inset map of the United States in the upper right corner showing how overall general disability rates in California compare to other states. Overall, California has low rates of disability compared to other states.

To browse or download the data used to make this map, use our Disability Data Lookup Tool.

Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

Maps of Disability by Sex

People with Disabilities – Female: California

People with Disabilities – Male: California

Disability Rates by Functional Limitation

People with Vision Difficulty: California

People with Hearing Difficulty: California

People with Cognitive Difficulty: California

People with Mobility Difficulty: California

People with Self Care Difficulty: California

People with Independent Living (IL) Difficulty: California


Veterans with Disabilities: California


People with Disabilities in Poverty: California


People Employed with a Disability: California

People Unemployed with a Disability: California

Out of the Labor Force with a Disability: California

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These maps are part of RTC:Rural’s State Profile Map Series, which is part of Disability Counts.