Large Dataset Analyses

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The RTC:Rural uses a wide variety of data from large public datasets to help answer questions about the disability experience in rural and urban locations. Most data are at the county level, which allows for comparison between metro, micro and noncore counties across the U.S. 

Our data come from several federal agencies including: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsHealth Resources & Services Administration, and Rehabilitation Services Administration.  

Learn more about RTC:Rural Large Data Set Analyses

This tool provides accessible data about disability in rural areas. Download disability data for every county across the U.S and Puerto Rico.


Disability status research aims to better understand the disability experience captured within large national datasets.


Employment research is focused on economic and employment trends for people with disabilities.


Health research examines national health trends and health policy implications for people with disabilities.


Our housing research explores housing characteristics that shape participation outcomes among people with disabilities.


Disability experiences shape how people move across space to accommodate disability and maintain support networks.


Transportation research develops understanding of how rural and urban people with disabilities move though their communities.