Michigan 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.

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2017

People with Disabilities: Michigan

Map of Michigan showing disability rates by county. Full text description in post.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four levels: 8.8 to 14.4%, 14.5 to 16.5%, 16.6 to 18.8%, and 18.9 to 26.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) 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 are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. Of the five cities, Flint is located in a county with a disability rate of 16.6 to 18.8%, the third-highest category. The others are all in counties with the lowest rates, of 8.8 to 14.4%.

In the upper corner there is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Michigan compare to other states. Overall, disability rates in Michigan are in the second-highest category, which means Michigan has slight higher rates of disability than most other states.

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

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


Maps of Disability by Sex

People with Disabilities – Female

Map of Michigan showing rates of females with disabilities by county. Full text description in post.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows disability rate among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 9.2 to 25.6%.

Overall, there are higher rates of females with disabilities in rural counties than in urban ones. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones, and all of the counties with the highest rates, of 17.7 to 25.6%, are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. Of the five cities, Flint is located in a county with a rate of 16.3 to 17.6%, the third-highest category. The others are all in counties with the lowest rates, of 9.2 to 14.2%.

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

For information on how biological sex is used and defined in the ACS, see “American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey 2017 Subject Definitions” page 125.

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


People with Disabilities – Male

Map of Michigan showing rates of males with disabilities by county. Full text description in post.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows disability rate among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 8.4 to 27.3%.

Overall, there are higher rates of males with disabilities in rural counties than in urban ones. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones. Most of these counties are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. Of the five cities, Flint is located in a county with a rate of 14.8 to 16.8%, the third-highest category. The others are all in counties with the lowest rates, of 8.4 to 14.7%.

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

For information on how biological sex is used and defined in the ACS, see “American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey 2017 Subject Definitions” page 125.

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



Disability Rates by Functional Limitation

People with Vision Difficulty

People with Hearing Difficulty

People with Cognitive Difficulty

People with Mobility Difficulty

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with mobility difficulty. Full text description in post.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows rates of people with mobility difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.3 to 9.1%.

Overall, there are higher rates of independent living difficulty in rural counties than in urban ones. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates of people with mobility difficulty in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones. All of the counties with the highest rate, of 6.6 to 9.1%, are in rural counties. Most of these counties are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. All of the five major cities are located in counties with the lowest rate of 2.3 to 4.0%.

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

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

People with Self Care Difficulty

People with Independent Living (IL) Difficulty

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with IL difficulty by county. Text description on webpage.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 4.3 to 14.2%.

Overall, there are higher rates of independent living difficulty in rural counties than in urban ones. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates of people with independent living difficulty in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones. Most of these counties are in the northern-half of the state and the Upper Peninsula. Of the five cities, Flint is located in a county with a disability rate of 8.6 to 9.7%, the second-highest category. The others are all in counties with the lowest rates, of 4.3 to 6.9%.

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

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



Veterans

Veterans with Disabilities


Poverty

People with Disabilities in Poverty

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with disabilities in poverty by county. Full text description in post.
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This map of the state of Michigan shows poverty rates among people with disabilities of all ages by county. Poverty rates are broken into four levels: 9.9 to 19.0%, 19.1 to 22.2%, 22.3 to 24.9%, and 25.0 to 30.6%.

Overall, there are higher rates of people with disabilities in poverty in rural counties than in urban ones. However, this is somewhat variable across the state. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Both Lansing and Flint are located in counties with rates of 25.0 to 30.6%, the highest levels. Most of the counties with the highest rates are in the middle of the state, just north of Grand Rapids. Most of the counties in the Upper Peninsula have rates in the middle two categories, of 19.1 to 22.2% and 22.3 to 24.9%.

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

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



Employment

People Employed with a Disability

Map of Michigan showing rates of people with disabilities who are employed. Text description in post.
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This map of Michigan shows employment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 17.8 to 46.2%.

Overall, there are higher employment rates for people with disabilities in urban counties than rural ones. However, this is somewhat variable across the state. The five largest urban areas (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Rates in the counties containing Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, and Ann Arbor are in the highest category, of 37.2 to 46.2%. Rates around Flint, however, are in the lowest category, of 17.8 to 24.9%. Overall employment rates tend to be higher in the southern half of the state, though there are a few counties with high rates in the Upper Peninsula along the coast of Lake Superior and along the coast of Lake Michigan.

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

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


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.