Pennsylvania 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: Pennsylvania

Map of Pennsylvania showing disability rates by county. See PA State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four levels: 8.5 to 13.3%, 13.4 to 15.6%, 15.7 to 17.3%, 17.4% to 30.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban compared to rural areas. Pennsylvania is mostly urban with rural areas scattered mostly to the north but also with some central and southern counties. The highest rates of disability are mostly in the west and north, and lowest in the central and southeast. Of the five cities, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh are in counties with the lowest rate and Allentown is in a county with the second lowest.

In the upper corner there is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Pennsylvania compare to other states. Overall, disability rates in Pennsylvania are in the second lowest category, and it is similar to Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Vermont, Rhode Island, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

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.