Massachusetts 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: Massachusetts

Map of Massachusetts showing disability rates by county. Full text description on page.
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This map of the state of Massachusetts shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four levels: 9.2 to 9.8%, 9.9 to 12.1%, 12.2 to 14.0%, and 14.1 to 16.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Pittsfield, Greenfield, Leominster—Fitchburg, New Bedford, Barnstable Town) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban compared to rural areas. Most of Massachusetts is considered urban. The highest rates of disability are in the western-edge counties near New York state. Of the five cities, Leominster is located in a county with the second-lowest rate, New Bedford and Barnstable Town are in counties with the second-highest rate, and Pittsfield and Greenfield are in counties with the highest rate.

In the upper corner there is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Massachusetts compare to other states. Overall, disability rates in Massachusetts are in the lowest category, and it is similar to New York, New Hampshire, Texas, California and much of the Midwest.

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

People with Disabilities – Male

Disability Rates by Functional Limitation

People with Vision Difficulty

People with Hearing Difficulty

People with Cognitive Difficulty

People with Mobility Difficulty

People with Self Care Difficulty

People with Independent Living (IL) Difficulty


Veterans with Disabilities


People with Disabilities in Poverty


People Employed with a Disability

People Unemployed with a Disability

Out of the Labor Force with a Disability

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