Alaska 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: Alaska

Map of Alaska showing disability rates by borough. See page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Alaska shows general rates of disability by borough. Disability rates are broken into four levels: 7.4 to 12.8%, 12.9 to 15.5%, 15.6 to 18.8%, and 18.9 to 34.2%.

The highest rates of disability are found in the areas of the state with higher populations. Prince of Wales-Hyder has the highest rate, at 18.9 to 34.2%. Wrangell, Petersburg, Hoonah-Angoon, and Yukon-Koyukuk have the second-highest rates, of 15.6 to 18.8%. Southeast Fairbanks, Lake 7 Peninsula, Bristol Bay, Kodiak Island, Kenai Peninsula, Haines, and Ketchikan Gateway have rates of 12.9 to 15.5%. Sitka, Petersburg, Skagway, Yakutat, Valdez-Cordova, Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, Denali, Fairbanks North Star, Dillingham, Bethel, Kusilvak, Nome, Northwest Arctic, North Slope, Aleutians West and Aleutians East have the lowest rates, of 7.4 to 12.8%.

Only the areas around the cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Ketchikan are considered metropolitan or micropolitan using OMB County Designations. The rest of the state is classified as noncore, or rural.  

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

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

Maps of Disability by Sex

People with Disabilities – Female: Alaksa

People with Disabilities – Male: Alaksa

Disability Rates by Functional Limitation

People with Vision Difficulty: Alaska

People with Hearing Difficulty: Alaska

People with Cognitive Difficulty: Alaska

People with Mobility Difficulty: Alaska

People with Self Care Difficulty: Alaska

People with Independent Living (IL) Difficulty: Alaska


Veterans with Disabilities: Alaska


People with Disabilities in Poverty: Alaska


People Employed with a Disability: Alaska

People Unemployed with a Disability: Alaska

Out of the Labor Force with a Disability: Alaska

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