California State Profile

The maps on this page explore the American Community Survey 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability by county.

The ACS does not directly measure disability. Instead, it uses a set of disability indicator questions related to difficulty and functional impairment to identify individuals who may experience a disability. If a respondent can answer “yes” to any disability question they are classified as having a disability.

 

Disability Rates: California

map of CA showing disability rate by county. Text description on page.

This map of the state of California shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four categories: 7.3 to 12.8%, 12.9 to 15.5%, 15.6 to 18.8%, and 18.9 to 34.2%. The highest rates are in northern California (north of Sacramento), and in a few counties east of San Jose. Rates are highest in rural counties, and lowest in urban areas.

There is an inset map of the United States in the upper right corner showing how overall general disability rates in California compare to other states. Overall, California has low rates of disability compared to other states.

 Map produced July 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

 

 


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

Map of CA showing rates of females with disability. Text description on page.

This map of the state of California shows disability rate among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 5.6 to 10.8%, 10.9 to 13.1%, 13.2 to 16.6%, and 16.7 to 24.1%.

Overall, there are higher rates of females with disabilities in northern and central counties. Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones, and all of the counties with the highest rates, of 16.7 to 24.1%, are in the northern half or east-central parts of the state. Of the five cities, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego are in counties with the lowest rate, and Riverside and Sacramento are in counties with the second lowest.

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

 


 Map of CA showing rates of disability among males. Text description on page. This map of the state of California shows disability rate among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 7.4 to 10.3%, 10.4 to 12.4%, 12.5 to 18.2%, and 18.3 to 26.2%.

Overall, there are higher rates of males with disabilities in northern and central counties. Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall, there are higher rates in rural counties than urban ones, and all of the counties with the highest rates, of 18.3 to 26.2%, are in the northern half or east-central parts of the state. Of the five cities, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego are in counties with the lowest rate, and Riverside and Sacramento are in counties with the second lowest.

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

 


 Map of CA showing rates of veterans with disability. Text description on page.This map of the state of California shows rates of disability among veterans aged 18 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 8.8 to 27.7%, 27.8 to 30.0%, 30.1 to 36.6%, and 36.7 to 49.3%.  

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall northern and a few central counties have the highest rates. Of the five cities, San Jose and San Diego are in counties with the lowest rate, and Sacramento, Riverside and Los Angeles are in counties with the second-lowest rate.

 Map produced November 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

 

 


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

Map of CA showing rates of people with disabilities in poverty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of California shows poverty rates among people with disabilities of all ages by county. Poverty rates are broken into four categories: 9.8 to 16.4%, 16.5 to 21.0%, 21.1 to 24.6%, and 24.7 to 42.7%.

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall the northern counties have the highest rates, but a few counties in the central and south-eastern part of the state are in the highest bracket as well. Of the five cities, San Jose is in a county with the lowest rate, Riverside and San Diego are in counties with the second-lowest rate, and Los Angeles and Sacramento are in counties with the second-highest rate.

Poverty rates for people with disabilities tend to be higher in rural counties than in urban ones.

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

 


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Disability Rates by Functional Limitation: California

 This map explores the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county.

For vision difficulty the ACS asks if a respondent is blind or has serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having a vision difficulty. This data is for all ages.


Map of CA showing rates of vision difficulty by county. Text description on page.

This map of the state of California shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 0.3 to 0.6%, 0.7 to 0.8%, 0.9 to 1.0%, and 1.1 to 2.2%.

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall the northern counties have the highest rates, but a few counties in the central, eastern and south-eastern part of the state are in the highest bracket as well. Of the five cities, San Jose and San Diego are in counties with the lowest rate, Los Angeles and Riverside the second lowest, and Sacramento the second highest.

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

 


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

This map explores the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county.

For hearing difficulty the ACS asks if a respondent is deaf or has serious difficulty hearing. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having a hearing difficulty. This data is for all ages.


Map of CA showing rates of hearing impairment by county. Text description on page.

This map of the state of California shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 0.5 to 1.4%, 1.5 to 1.6%, 1.7 to 2.0%, and 2.1 to 2.7%.

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall the northern counties have the highest rates, but a few counties in the central, eastern and south-eastern part of the state are in the highest bracket as well. Of the five cities, Riverside and San Jose are in counties with the second-lowest rate, and Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento are in counties with the second-highest rate.

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

 


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

This map explores the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county.

For cognitive difficulty the ACS asks because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, does the respondent have difficulty remembering, concentrating, or making decisions. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having a cognitive difficulty. This data is for ages 5 and up.


Map of CA showing rates of cognitive difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of California shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 1.3 to 1.9%, 2.0 to 2.5%, 2.6 to 3.0%, and 3.1 to 4.8%.

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall northern and a few central counties have the highest rates. Of the five cities, San Jose and San Diego are in counties with the lowest rate, while Los Angeles, Riverside, and Sacramento in counties with the second lowest rate.

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

 

 


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

This map explores the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county.

For ambulatory (i.e. mobility) difficulty the ACS asks if a respondent has serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having a mobility difficulty. This data is for ages 5 and up.


 Map of CA showing rates of mobility difficulty. Text description on page.This map of the state of California shows rates of people with mobility difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 2.3 to 3.1%, 3.2 to 3.9%, 4.0 to 5.6%, and 5.7 to 12.0%.

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall northern and a few central counties have the highest rates. Of the five cities, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego are in counties with the lowest rate, while Sacramento and Riverside are in counties with the second lowest rate.

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

 

 


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

This map explores the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county.

For self-care difficulty the ACS asks if a respondent has difficulty bathing or dressing. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having a self-care difficulty. This data is for ages 5 and up.


Map of CA showing rates of self-care difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of California shows rates of people with self care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 1.8 to 3.9%, 4.0 to 4.8%, 4.9 to 5.8%, and 5.9 to 10.3%. 

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall northern and a few central counties have the highest rates. Of the five cities, San Jose and Los Angeles are in counties with the lowest rate, Riverside and San Diego are in counties with the second-lowest rate, and Sacramento is in a county with the second-highest rate.

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

 

 


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

This map explores the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county.

For independent living difficulty the ACS asks because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, does the respondent have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having an independent living difficulty. This data is for ages 18 and up.


Map of CA showing rates of IL difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of California shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories: 2.4 to 5.4%, 5.5 to 6.8%, 6.9 to 9.2%, and 9.3 to 13.4%.

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall northern and a few central counties have the highest rates. Of the five cities, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego are in counties with the lowest rate, and Riverside and Sacramento are in counties with the second-lowest rate.

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

 

 


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

Employment: California

This map explores American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data (Table C18120) employment estimates by disability type. 

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 ages 18-64.


Map of CA showing rates of people with disability employed. Text description on page.

This map of California shows employment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories: 10.8 to 28.1%, 28.2 to 32.6%, 32.7 to 37.8%, and 37.9 to 48.6%.

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall the counties are mixed, with scattered northern, western and south-western counties having the highest rates. Of the five cities, San Jose is in a county with the highest rate, Los Angeles and San Diego are in counties with the second-highest rate, and Riverside and Sacramento are in counties with the second-lowest rate.

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

 


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

This map explores American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data (Table C18120) employment estimates by disability type. 

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 ages 18-64.


Map of CA showing rates of unemployment for people with disabilities. Text description on page.

This map of California shows unemployment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories: 1.2 to 5.3%, 5.4 to 6.2%, 6.3 to 7.3% and 7.4 to 13.4%.

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall the counties are mixed, with some central, eastern, northern and south-eastern counties having the highest rates . Of the five cities, San Jose and Los Angeles are in counties with the second-lowest rate, Riverside and San Diego are in counties with the second-highest rate, and Sacramento is in a county with the highest rate.

Note: It is important to consider unemployment rates in addition to out of the labor force rates. This map only shows people with disabilities who are in the labor force. 

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

 


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

 This map explores American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data (Table C18120) employment estimates by disability type. 

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 ages 18-64.


Map of CA showing rates of people with disability out of labor force. Text description on page.

This map of California shows out of labor force rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories: 47.9 to 56.5%, 56.6 to 60.4%, 60.5 to 65.4%, and 65.5 to 87.6%.

Five urban areas (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Overall northern, central and south-eastern counties have the highest rates . Of the five cities, San Jose is in a county with the lowest rate, Los Angeles and San Diego are in counties with the second-lowest rate, and Sacramento and Riverside are in counties with the second-highest rate.

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

 


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