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Disability in Rural Areas

According to the 2015-2019 American Community Survey five-year estimates, an estimated 9,194,108 non-institutionalized people with a disability live in a rural community. This equates to 15.0% of people living in rural areas, higher than the national average (12.6%). Across the whole United States, around 40 million people are living with some type of disability.

For both rural and non-rural areas, disability rates are higher in certain sub-groups, including adults ages 65 and older and veterans. However, because disabilities exist on a wide spectrum it can be difficult to identify an exact number of people who are living with a disability, especially in rural communities.

Population with Disabilities for Nonmetropolitan Counties

Resources to Learn More Disability
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau you can search for disability-related data specific to a state, community or subpopulation.
Organization(s): United States Census Bureau

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Annual Survey Data
For more information about data and figures, the BRFSS data page can provide more details about the number of people living with disabilities in different states.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention