Florida 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: Florida

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

This map of Florida shows general rates of disability across the state at the county level. Disability rates are broken into four categories, from 10.1 to 26.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) 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 than in urban ones. Most of the counties in Florida are urban, but the rural counties in the Panhandle and those in Central Florida all have the highest rates of disability (19.4 to 26.4%). Overall, there are low rates (10.1 to 13.8%) in southern Florida and around the major urban centers, and higher rates in the rest of the state, ranging from 13.9 to 26.4%.

In the upper corner of the map is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Florida compare to the rest of the United States. Florida has disability rates in the second-lowest category, meaning that at the state level, rates tend to be lower than in other parts of the country.

Map produced September 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 FL showing rates of females with disability. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Florida shows disability rate among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 10.3 to 24.6%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Sarasota/Bradenton is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 13.8 to 15.9%. The other four cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 10.3 to 13.7%.

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

 

 

 


Map of FL showing rates of disability among males. Text description on page. This map of the state of Florida shows disability rate among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 9.3 to 28.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. 

Sarasota/Bradenton is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 14.3 to 17.1%. The other four cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 9.3 to 14.2%.

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

 

 

 


Map of FL showing rates of veterans with disability. Text description on page.This map of the state of Florida shows rates of disability among veterans aged 18 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 22.0 to 71.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando, and Jacksonville are in counties with the lowest rate of 22.0 to 28.2%. Miami is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 28.3 to 31.5%. Sarasota/Bradenton is in a county with the second-highest rate of 31.6 to 36.9%.

Map produced November 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.

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

This map of the state of Florida shows poverty rates among people with disabilities of all ages by county. Poverty rates are broken into four levels from 10.1 to 35.8%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Sarasota/Bradenton is in a county with the lowest rate of 10.1 to 17.3%. Miami is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 17.4 to 21.3%. Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, Orlando, and Jacksonville are in counties with the second-highest rate of 21.4 to 25.3%.

Map produced November 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.

Disability Rates by Functional Limitation: Florida

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

This map of the state of Florida shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.5 to 7.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Jacksonville is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 2.4 to 3.2%. The other four cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 1.5 to 2.3%.

Map produced April 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 FL showing rates of hearing impairment by county. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Florida shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.1 to 9.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Sarasota/Bradenton is in a county with the second-highest rate of 4.9 to 6.3%. The other four cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 2.1 to 4.2%.

Map produced April 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 FL showing rates of cognitive difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Florida shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 3.4 to 9.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Jacksonville is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 5.1 to 6.0%. The other four cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 3.4 to 5.0%.

Map produced April 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 FL showing rates of mobility difficulty. Text description on page.This map of the state of Florida shows rates of people with mobility difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 5.4 to 18.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates of people with mobility difficulty in urban compared to rural areas. 

Sarasota/Bradenton is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 7.9 to 9.6%. The other four cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 5.4 to 7.8%.

Map produced April 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 FL showing rates of self-care difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Florida shows rates of people with self-care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.9 to 6.8%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Jacksonville and Sarasota/Bradenton are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 2.7 to 3.3%. Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Miami are in counties with the lowest rate of 1.9 to 2.6%.

Map produced April 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 FL showing rates of IL difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Florida shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 4.0 to 12.2%.

 The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates of people with independent living difficulty in urban compared to rural areas.

Jacksonville and Sarasota/Bradenton are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 5.8 to 7.0%. Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Miami are in counties with the lowest rate of 4.0 to 5.7%.

Map produced April 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: Florida

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

This map of Florida shows employment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 7.5 to 46.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Sarasota/Bradenton is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 24.2 to 29.0%. Tampa/St. Petersburg is in a county with the second-highest rate of 29.1 to 34.0%. Orlando, Jacksonville, and Miami are in counties with the highest rate of 34.1 to 46.2%.

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

 


  • Click on the map for a larger, downloadable version.
  • 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 FL showing rates of unemployment for people with disabilities. Text description on page.

This map of Florida shows unemployment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories from 0.7 to 12.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Sarasota/Bradenton is in a county with the lowest rate of 0.7 to 5.0%. Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Orlando are in counties with the second-highest rate of 6.1 to 7.1%. Miami is in a county with the highest rate of 7.2 to 12.9%.

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 November 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 FL showing rates of people with disability out of labor force. Text description on page.

This map of Florida shows out of labor force rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories from 45.3 to 84.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Miami) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Sarasota/Bradenton is in a county with the second-highest rate of 65.0 to 70.0%. The other four cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 45.3 to 59.5%.

 Map produced November 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.