Massachusetts 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: Massachusetts

Map of Massachusetts showing rates of disability by county. See MA State Profile page for text description.
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This map of the state of Massachusetts shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four levels: 9.2 to 9.8%, 9.9 to 12.1%, 12.2 to 14.0%, and 14.1 to 16.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Boston, Springfield, Worcester, New Bedford, Barnstable Town) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban compared to rural areas. Most of Massachusetts is considered urban. The highest rates of disability are in the western-edge counties near New York state. Of the five cities, Worcester is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 9.9 to 12.1%, Boston, New Bedford and Barnstable Town are in counties with the second-highest rate of 12.2 to 14.0%, and Springfield is in a county with the highest rate of 14.1 to 16.1%.

In the upper corner there is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Massachusetts compare to other states. Overall, disability rates in Massachusetts are in the lowest category, and it is similar to New York, New Hampshire, Texas, California and much of the Midwest.

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

Map of Massachusetts showing rates of vision difficulty. See MA State Profile page for text description.
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This map of the state of Massachusetts shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.4 to 3.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Boston, Springfield, Worcester, New Bedford, Barnstable Town) are labeled on the map.

Worcester is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 1.6 to 1.9%. New Bedford and Barnstable Town are in counties with the second-highest rate of 2.0 to 2.1%. Springfield and Boston are in counties with the highest rate of 2.2 to 3.0%.

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

Map produced June 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.





People with Hearing Difficulty

Map of Massachusetts showing rates of hearing difficulty. See MA State Profile page for text description.
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This map of the state of Massachusetts shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.8 to 5.1%.

 The five largest urban areas (Boston, Springfield, Worcester, New Bedford, Barnstable Town) are labeled on the map.

Boston is in a county with the lowest rate of 2.8 to 3.1%. Worcester is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 3.2 to 3.4%. Springfield and New Bedford are in counties with the second-highest rate of 3.5 to 4.1%. Barnstable Town is in a county with the highest rate of 4.2 to 5.1%.

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

Map produced June 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.





People with Cognitive Difficulty

Map of Massachusetts showing cognitive difficulty rates. See MA State Profile page for text description.
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This map of the state of Massachusetts shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.5 to 7.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Boston, Springfield, Worcester, New Bedford, Barnstable Town) are labeled on the map.

Barnstable Town is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 4.1 to 5.2%. Boston and Worcester are in counties with the second-highest rate of 5.3 to 6.2%. New Bedford and Springfield are in counties with the highest rate of 6.3 to 7.2%.

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

Map produced June 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.





People with Mobility Difficulty

Map of MA showing mobility difficulty rates. See MA State Profile page for text description.
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This map of the state of Massachusetts shows rates of people with mobility difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 4.3 to 8.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Boston, Springfield, Worcester, New Bedford, Barnstable Town) 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.

Worcester is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 4.9 to 6.0%. Boston and Barnstable Town are in counties with the second-highest rate of 6.1 to 6.9%. Springfield and New Bedford are in counties with the highest-rate of 7.0 to 8.7%.

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

Map produced June 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.





People with Self Care Difficulty

Map of MA showing self care difficulty rates. See MA State Profile page for text description.
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This map of the state of Massachusetts shows rates of people with self-care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.9 to 4.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Boston, Springfield, Worcester, New Bedford, Barnstable Town) are labeled on the map.

Boston and Barnstable Town are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 2.2 to 2.6%. Worcester and New Bedford are in counties with the second-highest rate of 2.7 to 3.0%. Springfield is in a county with the highest rate of 3.1 to 4.1%.

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

Map produced June 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.





People with Independent Living (IL) Difficulty

Map of MA showing IL difficulty rates. See MA State Profile page for text description.
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This map of the state of Massachusetts shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.6 to 8.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Boston, Springfield, Worcester, New Bedford, Barnstable Town) are labeled on the map.

Boston and Barnstable Town are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 4.5 to 5.4%. Worcester and New Bedford are in counties with the second-highest rate of 5.5 to 6.5%. Springfield is in a county with the highest rate of 6.6 to 8.3%.

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

Map produced June 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.






Veterans

Veterans with Disabilities


Poverty

People with Disabilities in Poverty


Employment

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.