Iowa 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.


2017

People with Disabilities: Iowa

Map of Iowa showing disability rates by county. See Iowa State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of Iowa shows general rates of disability across the state at the county level. Disability rates are broken into four categories, from 7.0 to 17.8%.

The five largest urban areas (Des Moines, Iowa Falls, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones. The lowest category of 7.0 to 11.3% is mainly found in the counties surrounding each of the five largest urban areas. The highest rates of 14.5 to 17.8% can be observed in the southern, central, and northern parts of the state.

In the upper corner is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Iowa compare to the rest of the country. Overall, general disability rates in Iowa are in the lowest category (out of four) compared to the rest of the U.S.

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

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




Maps of Disability by Sex

People with Disabilities – Female

Map of Iowa showing rates of females with disability. See Iowa page for text description.
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This map of the state of Iowa shows disability rate among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 7.0 to 19.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Iowa Falls and Des Moines are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 11.0 to 12.8%. The other three cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 7.0 to 10.9%.

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

For information on how biological sex is used and defined in the ACS, see “American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey 2017 Subject Definitions” page 125.

Map produced July 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.





People with Disabilities – Male

Map of Iowa showing rates of males with disability. See Iowa page for text description.
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This map of the state of Iowa shows disability rate among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 6.8 to 18.8%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. 

Iowa Falls and Waterloo are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 11.8 to 13.3%. The other three cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 6.8 to 11.7%.

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

For information on how biological sex is used and defined in the ACS, see “American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey 2017 Subject Definitions” page 125.

Map produced July 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.






Disability Rates by Functional Limitation

People with Vision Difficulty

Map of Iowa showing rates of people with vision difficulty by county. See Iowa State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Iowa shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from .9 to 1.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

All five cities are in counties with the second lowest rate of 1.6 to 1.9%.

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

Map produced April 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.



People with Hearing Difficulty

Map of Iowa showing rates of people with hearing difficulty by county. See Iowa State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Iowa shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.2 to 6.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Iowa Falls is in a county with the second lowest rate of 3.9 to 4.4%, while the other cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 2.2 to 3.8%.

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

Map produced April 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.



People with Cognitive Difficulty

Map of Iowa showing rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. See Iowa State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Iowa shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.5 to 7.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines are in counties with the second lowest rate of 4.0 to 4.5%, while Iowa Falls and Waterloo are in counties with the second highest rate of 4.6 to 5.4%.

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

Map produced April 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.



People with Mobility Difficulty

Map of Iowa showing rates of people with mobility difficulty by county. See Iowa State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Iowa shows rates of people with mobility difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.7 to 10.5%.

Overall, there are higher rates of mobility difficulty in rural counties than in urban ones.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates of people with mobility difficulty in urban compared to rural areas. All five cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 2.7 to 5.7%.

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

Map produced April 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.



People with Self Care Difficulty

Map of Iowa showing rates of people with self care difficulty by county. See Iowa State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Iowa shows rates of people with self-care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.0 to 4.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Cedar Rapids is in a county with the lowest rate, 1.0 to 1.9%, while the other four cities are in counties with the second lowest rate of 2.0 to 2.3%.

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

Map produced April 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.



People with Independent Living (IL) Difficulty

Map of Iowa showing rates of people with IL difficulty. See Iowa State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Iowa shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.5 to 7.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates of people with independent living difficulty in urban compared to rural areas.

Cedar Rapids is in a county with the lowest rates of 2.5 to 4.1%, while the other four cities are in counties with the second lowest rate of 4.2 to 4.9%.

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

Map produced April 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.




Veterans

Veterans with Disabilities

Map of Iowa showing rates of veterans with disability. See Iowa page for text description.
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This map of the state of Iowa shows rates of disability among veterans aged 18 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 18.5 to 48.6%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Iowa Falls and Waterloo are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 25.8 to 30.0%. The other three cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 18.5 to 25.7%.

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

Map produced July 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.






Poverty

People with Disabilities in Poverty

Map of Iowa showing rates of people with disability in poverty. See Iowa page for text description.
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This map of the state of Iowa shows poverty rates among people with disabilities of all ages by county. Poverty rates are broken into four levels from 18.5% to 48.6%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Iowa Falls and Waterloo are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 25.8 to 30.0%. The other three cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 18.5 to 25.7%.

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

Map produced July 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.






Employment

People Employed with a Disability

Map of Iowa showing rates of people with disability employed. See Iowa page for text description.
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This map of Iowa shows employment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 27.6% to 67.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Davenport is in a county with the lowest rate of 27.6 to 39.5%. Iowa Falls and Waterloo are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 39.6 to 45.4%. Des Moines and Cedar Rapids are in counties with the second-highest rate of 45.5 to 51.5%.

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

Map produced July 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.





People Unemployed with a Disability

Map of Iowa showing rates of people with disability unemployed. See Iowa page for text description.
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This map of Iowa shows unemployment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories from 0.6% to 14.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Iowa Falls and Waterloo are in counties with the highest rate of 6.1 to 14.2%. The other three cities are in counties with the second-highest rate of 3.9 to 6.0%.

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

Map produced July 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.





Out of the Labor Force with a Disability

Map of Iowa showing rates of people with disability out of labor force. See Iowa page for text description.
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This map of Iowa shows out of labor force rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories from 31.4 to 67.4%.  

The five largest urban areas (Iowa Falls, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Des Moines is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 43.7 to 49.5%. Iowa Falls, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids are in counties with the second-highest rate of 49.6 to 55.0%. Davenport is in a county with the highest rate of 55.1 to 67.4%.

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

Map produced July 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.






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