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Disability Data Dashboard

State map

Disability rates are highest in southern States. Utah displays the lowest disability rate at 9.5% with Puerto Rico and West Virginia displaying the highest disability rate at 21.5% and 19.3%, respectively.

County map

While rates of disability are higher in rural counties, there is substantial variation in disability rates across US. The highest rates are in rural parts of West Virginia, Kentucky, New Mexico, and across Puerto Rico. The lowest rates are found in more urban areas across the country as well as rural parts of Colorado and California.

Employment map

People with disabilities are employed at much lower rates that those without. However, some areas have higher rates of employment for people with disabilities than others. For example, the highest rates of employment for people with disabilities are found in rural areas of the West and Midwest in places like Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. However, this trend does not hold for counties crossing American Indian Reservation Lands, where employment rates remain extremely low.

Poverty map

People with disabilities experience poverty at higher rates than those without disability. Like employment however, the percentage of people with disabilities in poverty varies across the country. The highest rates of poverty for people with disabilities are found in Puerto Rico. High rates are also seen in Kentucky, Missouri, and along the Mississippi river between Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. High rates are found in counties that cross American Indian Reservation Lands in the Dakotas, Arizona and New Mexico. High percentages of people with disabilities in poverty are also found along the Texas/Mexico border.

Institutionalized Population Dashboard

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Funding Acknowledgment: This tool was supported by the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR, Grant No. 90RTCP0002). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This work does not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS and one should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

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