Disability by Race – Disability in America Series

September 2016

The chart below explores the 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county type (OMB county classifications). The ACS asks a set of disability indicator questions to determine disability. The data below are for all ages.

For this analysis, rural counties (micropolitan and noncore) have been collapsed into one rural (non metropolitan) category to compensate for the high margins of error for some racial categories at the most rural geographies (noncore counties).

A bar chart comparing disability rates by race and urban/rural classification.














Chart 6. Rate of Disability by Race and County Type. This chart displays rates of disability across racial categories broken out by urban and rural classification. Mirroring the trends found in previous analyses, rates of disability are higher in rural areas across all racial categories. For whites, rates are around the national average of 12% for urban areas and jump to 16.4% in rural. Blacks experience disability at a higher rate in both urban (13.4%) and rural (18.4%). American Indian and Alaska Natives experience high but similar rates in urban (16.1%) and rural (16.8%). The rates drop for Asian Americans to 3.3% in urban and 8.2% in rural. Pacific Islanders report rates of 9.7% for urban and 11.4% for rural. Finally, Hispanics (of any race) experience lower rates of disability at 9.2% in urban and 10.9% in rural.


This work is part of the Geography of Disability Project.