Tennessee 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.



2017

People with Disabilities: Tennessee

Map of Tennessee showing disability rates by county. See Tennessee State Profile for full text description.
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This map of Tennessee shows general rates of disability across the state at the county level. Disability rates are broken into four categories, from 7.6 to 28.8%

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones. The lowest rates of 7.6 to 16.6% are mainly found in the counties surrounding each of the five largest urban areas and tend to occur in clusters across the state. Uneven patterns of clusters of the other three categories can be observed across the state.

In the upper corner is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Tennessee compare to the rest of the country. Overall, general disability rates in Tennessee are in the second lowest category (out of four) compared to the rest of the U.S.

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

Map of TN showing rates of females with disability by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of Tennessee shows disability rates among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 7.8 to 29.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall there are higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. Each of the five largest urban areas are located in counties with the lowest rates, of 7.8 to 16.8%. There are pockets of the highest rates, of 21.6 to 29.2%, in the rural counties along the Kentucky border, in the rural counties east of Clarksville and west of Memphis, and in the eastern half of the state.

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 April 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.




People with Disabilities – Male

Map of TN showing rates of males with disability by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of Tennessee shows disability rates among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 7.3 to 30.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. 

Overall there are generally higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. Each of the five largest urban areas are located in counties with the lowest rates, of 7.3 to 30.0%. While there are pockets of counties with the lowest rate around each of these five urban areas, most of the state has higher rates. The highest rates, of 21.9 to 30.0%, are found mainly in rural counties. Most of the counties with these lowest rates are found stretching just north of Chattanooga up to the Kentucky border, and then west above Knoxville.

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 April 2020 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.





Disability Rates by Functional Limitation

People with Vision Difficulty

Map of TN showing rates of people with vision difficulty by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 1.3 to 7.6%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 1.3 to 3.0%.

Outside of the five largest urban areas, most of the counties have the highest rates, of 4.9 to 7.6%, and second-highest rates, of 3.9 to 4.8%.

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

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




People with Hearing Difficulty

Map of TN showing rates of people with hearing difficulty by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 2.6 to 9.0%

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 2.6 to 4.4%.

Outside of the five largest urban areas, rates are varied. The counties with the highest rates, of 6.7 to 9.0% tend to be rural.

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

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




People with Cognitive Difficulty

Map of TN showing rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 2.5 to 12.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rates, of 6.7 to 9.0% tend to be rural.

Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 2.5 to 6.7%.

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

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




People with Mobility Difficulty

Map of TN showing rates of people with mobility difficulty by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with mobility difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 3.5 to 19.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 13.2 to 19.5%, tend to be rural.

Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 3.5 to 9.9%.

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

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




People with Self Care Difficulty

Map of TN showing rates of people with self care difficulty by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with self care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 1.5 to 7.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 5.1 to 7.5%, tend to be rural. Many of the counties in the western and eastern portions of the state outside of major urban areas have the highest or second-highest rate (4.1 to 5.0%).

Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 1.5 to 3.1%.

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

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




People with Independent Living (IL) Difficulty

Map of TN showing rates of people with IL difficulty by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with Independent Living (IL) difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 3.4 to 14.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 10.3 to 14.0%, tend to be rural.

Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 3.4 to 7.4%.

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

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





Veterans

Veterans with Disabilities

Map of TN showing rates of veterans with disabilities by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of veterans with disabilities ages 18 years and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 17.5 to 54.1%

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 40.1 to 54.1%, tend to be rural. Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 17.5 to 29.9%.

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

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





Poverty

People with Disabilities in Poverty

Map of TN showing rates of people with disability who are in poverty by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with disabilities in poverty (all ages) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 7.1 to 43.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 29.6 to 43.1%, tend to be rural.

Memphis, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the second-lowest rate, of 22.5 to 25.1%. Clarksville is in a county with the lowest rate, of 7.1 to 22.4%.

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

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





Employment

People Employed with a Disability

Map of TN showing rates of people with disabilities who are employed by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of Tennessee shows rates of people with disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 13.4 to 45.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there tend to be lower rates of employment in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the lowest rate, of 13.4 to 23.2%, tend to be rural. Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the highest rate, of 30.4 to 45.1%.

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

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




People Unemployed with a Disability

Map of TN showing rates of people with disabilities who are unemployed by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with disabilities who are unemployed (ages 18-64) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 0.4 to 9.8%

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are extremely varied across the state, but there tend to be lower unemployment rates in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the lowest rate, of 0.4 to 3.4%, tend to be rural.

Memphis, Nashville-Davidson, and Clarksville are located in counties with the highest rate, of 5.6 to 9.8%. Chattanooga is in a county with the second-highest rate, of 4.5 to 5.5%. Knoxville is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 3.5 to 4.4%.

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

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




Out of the Labor Force with a Disability

Map of TN showing rates of people with disabilities out of the labor force by county. See TN State Profile page for full text description.
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This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with disabilities (ages 18 to 64) who are out of the labor force by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 51.7 to 86.2%. 

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 73.0 to 86.2%, tend to be rural. Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 51.7 to 64.3%.

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

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





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