Illinois 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: Illinois

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

This map of Illinois shows general rates of disability across the state at the county level. Disability rates are broken into four categories, from 7.2 to 26.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, Round Lake Beach- McHenry-Grayslake, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) 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 urban ones. There also tend to be higher rates of disability in the southern half of the state. Counties with the highest rates, of 17.2 to 26.5%, are found mainly in the rural southeastern part of the state. Counties with the lowest rates, of 7.2 to 12.5%, are found in the urban areas around Chicago and Peoria.

In the upper corner is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Illinois compare to the rest of the country. Overall, general disability rates in Illinois are in the lowest category (out of four) compared to the rest of the U.S.

Map produced October 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 IL showing rates of disability among females. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Illinois shows disability rate among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 6.9 to 24.6%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Chicago, McHenry, and Peoria are in counties with the lowest rate of 6.9 to 12.0%. Rockford and Springfield are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 12.1 to 14.3%.

 

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

  


Map of IL showing rates of disability among males. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Illinois shows disability rate among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 7.5 to 30.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. 

Chicago, Peoria, and McHenry are in counties with the lowest rate of 7.5 to 12.5%. Springfield and Rockford are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 12.6 to 14.7%.

 

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

 


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

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 and over.


Map of IL showing rates of veterans with disability. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Illinois shows rates of disability among veterans aged 18 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 15.4 to 52.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Peoria and McHenry are in counties with the lowest rate of 15.4 to 25.8%. Chicago and Rockford are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 25.9 to 30.3%.

 

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.

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

This map of the state of Illinois shows poverty rates among people with disabilities of all ages by county. Poverty rates are broken into four levels from 8.8 to 39.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

McHenry is in a county with the lowest rate of 8.8 to 16.9%. The other four cities are in counties with the second-highest rates of 20.3 to 22.9%.

 

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

 


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Disability Rates by Functional Limitation: Illinois

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

This map of the state of Illinois shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 0.9 to 6.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

McHenry and Peoria are in counties with the lowest rate of 0.9 to 1.8%. Rockford and Chicago are in counties with the second lowest rate of 1.9 to 2.4%. Springfield is in a county with the second highest rate of 2.5 to 3.0%.

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

This map of the state of Illinois shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.2 to 12.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Peoria, McHenry, and Chicago are in counties with the lowest rate of 2.2 to 3.6%. Rockford and Springfield are in counties with the second lowest rate of 3.7 to 4.3%.

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 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 IL showing rates of cognitive difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Illinois shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.2 to 12.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

McHenry and Chicago are in counties with the lowest rate of 2.2 to 4.1%. Peoria is in a county with the second lowest rate of 4.2 to 5.1%. Springfield and Rockford are in counties with the second highest rate of 5.2 to 6.5%.

Many counties in the south and south-east parts of the state have the highest rates of 6.6 to 12.0%.

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 ID showing rates of mobility difficulty. Text description on page.This map of the state of Illinois shows rates of people with mobility difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 3.7 to 16.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) 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. 

McHenry, Chicago and Peoria are in counties with the lowest rate of 3.7 to 6.8%. Springfield and Rockford are in counties with the second lowest rate of 6.9 to 8.1%.

Many counties in the south and south-east parts of the state have the highest rates of 9.9 to 16.3%.

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

This map of the state of Illinois shows rates of people with self-care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.2 to 7.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

McHenry is in a county with the lowest rate of 1.2 to 2.2%. Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 2.3 to 2.7%. Rockford is in a county with the second-highest rate of 2.8-3.4%.

Many counties in the south and south-east parts of the state have the highest rates of 3.5 to 7.4%.

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

This map of the state of Illinois shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 3.1 to 14.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) 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.

McHenry is in a county with the lowest rate of 3.1 to 5.3%. Chicago and Peoria are in counties with the second lowest rate of 5.4 to 6.2%. Rockford and Springfield are in counties with the second highest rate of 6.3 to 7.5%.

Many counties in the south and south-east parts of the state have the highest rates of 7.6 to 14.5%.

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

 

 


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Employment: Illinois

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

This map of Illinois shows employment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 15.3 to 51.0%.

 

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Peoria is in a county with the lowest rate of 15.3 to 30.8%. Rockford and Chicago are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 30.9 to 35.6%. Springfield is in a county with the second-highest rate of 35.7 to 39.5%. McHenry is in a county with the highest rate of 39.6 to 51.0%.

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

This map of Illinois shows unemployment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories from 0.0 to 10.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

All five cities are in counties with the highest rate of 7.3 to 10.7%.

 

 

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

This map of Illinois 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 44.3 to 84.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Rockford, McHenry, Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

McHenry is in a county with the lowest rate of 44.3 to 54.5%. Rockford and Springfield are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 54.6 to 57.8%. Peoria and Chicago are in counties with the second-highest rate of 57.9 to 63.3%.

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.