New York 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: New York

Map of New York showing rates of disability by county. Full text description on page.
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This map of the state of New York shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four levels: 8.5 to 12.1%, 12.2 to 14.1%, 14.2 to 15.8%, and 15.9 to 22.6%.

The five largest urban areas (New York–Newark, Poughkeepsie–Newburgh, Albany–Schenectady, Rochester, and Buffalo) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates of disability in rural counties than urban ones. Most of these counties run just west of Poughkeepsie and Albany in a strip running from the southern part of the state to the north. Of the major cities, Albany and New York are in counties with the lowest rate, with Buffalo, Rochester and Poughkeepsie in counties with the next lowest rate.

In the upper corner there is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in New York compare to other states. Overall, disability rates in New York are in the lowest category, which means New York has lower rates of disability than many other states, and has similarity to much of the Midwest, California and Texas.

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.