Disability Status by Metropolitan Area
This section will update in fall 2011.
U.S. Population with Disabilities
The following table presents an overview of the disability status of the civilian noninstitutionalized population by age for the United State overall for 2008 compared to 2009. Little annual change; consistent patterns.
More detailed table with national scope disability data.
Comparative Analysis & Geographic Drill-down
How do the above national data compare with your local situation? How does your local situation compare with other areas/metros in your state/region? While the above data provide some geographic attributes, we have a very incomplete picture of how the population with disabilities is distributed across the U.S. This section provides a ranking table using data from the 2009 ACS that enables ranking and comparison of metros based on selected age groups.
Portions of the ACS 2009 DP2 dataset have been integrated into the Metro GIS Toolset. Download and use the Metro GIS Toolset; optionally combine your own data; examine your markets.
Data presented in the ranking table are part of a broader set of demographic-economic profiles. Use the pick-from list tables to view profiles for individual states, congressional districts, metro areas.
Disability Status by Metro Interactive Ranking Table ... rank by column
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All items are for calendar years 2009
CBSA - Core-Based Statistical Area Code
State - dominant MSA state
All population items are civilian noninstitutionalized population.
Pop -- Population
PopDis -- Population with disabilities
%PopDis -- Percent Population with disabilities
Pop<18 -- Population <18 years
Pop<18Dis -- Population <18 years with disabilities
%Pop<18Dis -- Percent Population <18 years with disabilities
Pop1864 -- Population 18-64 years
Pop1864 -- Population 18-64 years with disabilities
%Pop1864Dis -- Percent Population 18-64 years with disabilities
Pop65+ -- Population 65 years and over
Pop65+Dis -- Population 65 years and over with disabilities
%Pop65+Dis -- Percent Population 65 years and over with disabilities
Terms and Definitions
Data presented on disability status are based on data tabulated from the 2009 American Community Survey (ACS). See definitions and discussion. There are other disabilities, not covered on the ACS questionnaire. Among the noteworthy omissions in the terms listed below is the inability to speak or limitations with respect to speech ability.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines a speech or language impairment as a communication disorder such as stuttering, impaired articulation, oral motor disorders, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.
Speech disability is also referred to as communication disorder, speech impairment, language disorders, speech and language impediments, communication disability.
Disability. Difficulty with any of the six types of disability collected in the American Community Survey: vision, hearing, ambulatory, cognitive, selfcare, and independent living. It covers functional limitations in the three domains of disability (communication, mental, and physical), activities of daily living (ADLs), and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).
Vision difficulty. Blindness or serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses or contacts.
Hearing difficulty. Deafness or serious difficulty hearing.
Cognitive difficulty. Serious difficulty remembering, concentrating, or making decisions.
Ambulatory difficulty. Serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
Self-care difficulty. Difficulty dressing or bathing. This type relates to ADLs.
Independent living difficulty. Difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping. This type relates to IADLs.
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