Kentucky 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.


  • Map of Kentucky showing disability rates by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.

2017

People with Disabilities: Kentucky

Map of Kentucky showing disability rates by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of Kentucky shows general rates of disability across the state at the county level. Disability rates are broken into four categories, from 8.8 to 33.8%

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) 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 rates, of 8.8 to 33.8%, are mainly found in the counties surrounding each of the five largest urban areas and tend to be found dispersed in an uneven pattern across the state. There is a large cluster of high disability rates of 23.1 to 33.8% in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. The two middle rates occur in uneven patterns across the state.

In the upper corner is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Kentucky compare to the rest of the country. Overall, general disability rates in Kentucky are in the second highest 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 Kentucky showing rates of disability among females by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of Kentucky shows disability rates among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 8.8 to 33.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) 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 highest rates, of 22.6 to 33.5%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Bowling Green, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are found in counties with the lowest rate, of 8.8 to 16.2%. Owensboro and Elizabethtown-Radcliff are in counties with the second-lowest rate, of 16.3 to 19.5%. 

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 February 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.



People with Disabilities – Male

Map of Kentucky showing rates of males with disability by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of Kentucky shows disability rates among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 8.8 to 35.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) 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 highest rates, of 23.3 to 35.9%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Bowling Green, Owensboro, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are found in counties with the lowest rate, of 8.8 to 16.4%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 16.5 to 19.4%.

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 February 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.




Disability Rates by Functional Limitation

People with Vision Difficulty

Map of Kentucky showing rates of people with vision difficulty by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 1.6 to 11.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) 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 highest rates, of 5.3 to 11.4%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Bowling Green, Owensboro, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are found in counties with the lowest rate, of 1.6 to 2.8%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 2.9 to 3.7%.

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

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



People with Hearing Difficulty

Map of Kentucky showing rates of people with hearing difficulty by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 2.5 to 13.0%.  

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) 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 highest rates, of 7.4 to 13.0%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Bowling Green, Owensboro, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are found in counties with the lowest rate, of 2.5 to 4.7%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 4.8 to 5.8%.

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

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



People with Cognitive Difficulty

Map of Kentucky showing rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 3.5 to 18.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) 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 highest rates, of 9.9 to 18.5%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are in counties with the lowest rate, of 3.5 to 6.4%. Bowling Green, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown-Radcliff are in counties with the second-lowest rate, of 6.5 to 7.8%.

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

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



People with Mobility Difficulty

Map of Kentucky showing rates of people with mobility difficulty by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with mobility difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 4.5 to 25.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) 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 highest rates, of 14.8 to 25.5%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. There is a large area of counties with the second-highest rate, of 11.9 to 14.7%, in the south-central part of the state, east of Bowling Green and south of Elizabethtown-Radcliff and Lexington-Fayette.

Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, Bowling Green, and Owensboro are in counties with the lowest rate, of 4.5 to 9.2%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 9.3 to 11.8%.

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

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



People with Self Care Difficulty

Map of Kentucky showing rates of people with self care difficulty by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with self care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 1.7 to 9.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) 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 highest rates, of 5.2 to 9.1%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, and Bowling Green are in counties with the lowest rate, of 1.7 to 3.1%. Owensboro and Elizabethtown-Radcliff are in counties with the second-lowest rate, of 3.2 to 3.9%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though higher in rural counties than urban ones.

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

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



People with Independent Living (IL) Difficulty

Map of Kentucky showing rates of people with IL difficulty. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people ages 18 and older with Independent Living (IL) difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 4.2 to 17.6%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) 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 highest rates, of 11.4 to 17.6%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, Bowling Green, and Owensboro are in counties with the lowest rate, of 4.2 to 7.2%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 7.3 to 9.0%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though higher in rural counties than urban ones.

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

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




Veterans

Veterans with Disabilities

Map of Kentucky showing rates of veterans with disabilities by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of veterans with disabilities ages 18 years and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 17.9 to 63.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there are generally higher rates in rural counties compared to urban ones.

Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, Bowling Green, and Owensboro are in counties with the lowest rate, of 17.9 to 30.4%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 30.5 to 39.9%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though higher in rural counties than urban ones.

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

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




Poverty

People with Disabilities in Poverty

Map of Kentucky showing rates of people with disabilities in poverty by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with disabilities in poverty (all ages) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 11.9 to 49.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, rates are somewhat varied across the state, but there are generally higher rates in rural counties compared to urban ones.

The highest rates, of 33.7 to 49.4%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Elizabethtown-Radcliff and Bowling Green are in counties with the lowest rate, of 11.9 to 23.0%. Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, and Owensboro and are in counties with the second-lowest rate, of 23.1 to 27.0%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though higher in rural counties than urban ones.

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

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




Employment

People Employed with a Disability

Map of Kentucky showing rates of people with a disability who are employed by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with disabilities who are unemployed (ages 18 to 64) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 6.3 to 45.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, rates are somewhat varied across the state, but there are generally lower rates in rural counties compared to urban ones.

The lowest rates, of 6.3 to 19.2%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Each of the five largest urban areas—Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette—are in counties with the highest employment rates, of 31.6 to 45.2%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though lower in rural counties than urban ones.

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

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



People Unemployed with a Disability

Map of Kentucky showing rates of people with disabilities who are unemployed by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with disabilities who are unemployed (ages 18 to 64) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 0.0 to 10.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there are generally lower rates in rural counties compared to urban ones.

Bowling Green, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are in counties with the highest rates of unemployment, 5.6 to 10.9%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff and Owensboro and are in counties with the second-highest rate, of 4.1 to 5.5%.

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

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



Out of the Labor Force with a Disability

Map of Kentucky showing rates of people with disabilities who are out of the labor force by county. See Kentucky State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with disabilities who are out of the labor force (ages 18 to 64) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 49.4 to 90.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, rates are somewhat varied across the state, but there are generally higher rates in rural counties compared to urban ones.

The highest rates, of 77.1 to 90.9%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Each of the five largest urban areas—Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette—are in counties with the lowest rate, of 49.4 to 64.1%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though higher in rural counties than urban ones.

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

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




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