Kentucky 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: Kentucky

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

This map of Kentucky shows general rates of disability across the state at the county level. Disability rates are broken into four categories, from 8.8 to 33.8%

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones. The lowest rates, of 8.8 to 33.8%, are mainly found in the counties surrounding each of the five largest urban areas and tend to be found dispersed in an uneven pattern across the state. There is a large cluster of high disability rates of 23.1 to 33.8% in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. The two middle rates occur in uneven patterns across the state.

In the upper corner is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Kentucky compare to the rest of the country. Overall, general disability rates in Kentucky are in the second highest 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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Map of KY showing rates of disability among females. Text description on page.

This map of Kentucky shows disability rates among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 8.8 to 33.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones.

The highest rates, of 22.6 to 33.5%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Bowling Green, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are found in counties with the lowest rate, of 8.8 to 16.2%. Owensboro and Elizabethtown-Radcliff are in counties with the second-lowest rate, of 16.3 to 19.5%. 

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

 


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

This map of Kentucky shows disability rates among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 8.8 to 35.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones.

The highest rates, of 23.3 to 35.9%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Bowling Green, Owensboro, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are found in counties with the lowest rate, of 8.8 to 16.4%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 16.5 to 19.4%.

Map produced February 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 KY showing rates of veterans with disability. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of veterans with disabilities ages 18 years and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 17.9 to 63.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there are generally higher rates in rural counties compared to urban ones.

Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, Bowling Green, and Owensboro are in counties with the lowest rate, of 17.9 to 30.4%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 30.5 to 39.9%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though higher in rural counties than urban ones.

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

 

 


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

This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with disabilities in poverty (all ages) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 11.9 to 49.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, rates are somewhat varied across the state, but there are generally higher rates in rural counties compared to urban ones.

The highest rates, of 33.7 to 49.4%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Elizabethtown-Radcliff and Bowling Green are in counties with the lowest rate, of 11.9 to 23.0%. Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, and Owensboro and are in counties with the second-lowest rate, of 23.1 to 27.0%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though higher in rural counties than urban ones.

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

 


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Disability Rates by Functional Limitation: Kentucky

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

This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 1.6 to 11.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones.

The highest rates, of 5.3 to 11.4%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Bowling Green, Owensboro, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are found in counties with the lowest rate, of 1.6 to 2.8%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 2.9 to 3.7%.

Map produced February 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 KY showing rates of hearing impairment by county. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 2.5 to 13.0%.  

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones.

The highest rates, of 7.4 to 13.0%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Bowling Green, Owensboro, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are found in counties with the lowest rate, of 2.5 to 4.7%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 4.8 to 5.8%.

Map produced February 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 KY showing rates of cognitive difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 3.5 to 18.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones.

The highest rates, of 9.9 to 18.5%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are in counties with the lowest rate, of 3.5 to 6.4%. Bowling Green, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown-Radcliff are in counties with the second-lowest rate, of 6.5 to 7.8%.

Map produced February 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 KY showing rates of mobility difficulty. Text description on page.This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with mobility difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 4.5 to 25.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones.

The highest rates, of 14.8 to 25.5%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. There is a large area of counties with the second-highest rate, of 11.9 to 14.7%, in the south-central part of the state, east of Bowling Green and south of Elizabethtown-Radcliff and Lexington-Fayette.

Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, Bowling Green, and Owensboro are in counties with the lowest rate, of 4.5 to 9.2%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 9.3 to 11.8%.

Map produced February 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 KY showing rates of self-care difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with self care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 1.7 to 9.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones.

The highest rates, of 5.2 to 9.1%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, and Bowling Green are in counties with the lowest rate, of 1.7 to 3.1%. Owensboro and Elizabethtown-Radcliff are in counties with the second-lowest rate, of 3.2 to 3.9%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though higher in rural counties than urban ones.

Map produced February 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 KY showing rates of IL difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people ages 18 and older with Independent Living (IL) difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 4.2 to 17.6%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Disability rates tend to be higher in rural areas than urban ones.

The highest rates, of 11.4 to 17.6%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, Bowling Green, and Owensboro are in counties with the lowest rate, of 4.2 to 7.2%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 7.3 to 9.0%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though higher in rural counties than urban ones.

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

 

 


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Employment: Kentucky

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

This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with disabilities who are unemployed (ages 18 to 64) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 6.3 to 45.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, rates are somewhat varied across the state, but there are generally lower rates in rural counties compared to urban ones.

The lowest rates, of 6.3 to 19.2%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Each of the five largest urban areas—Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette—are in counties with the highest employment rates, of 31.6 to 45.2%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though lower in rural counties than urban ones.

 Map produced February 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 KY showing rates of unemployment for people with disabilities. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with disabilities who are unemployed (ages 18 to 64) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 0.0 to 10.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, rates are varied across the state, but there are generally lower rates in rural counties compared to urban ones.

Bowling Green, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette are in counties with the highest rates of unemployment, 5.6 to 10.9%. Elizabethtown-Radcliff and Owensboro and are in counties with the second-highest rate, of 4.1 to 5.5%.

 Map produced February 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 KY showing rates of people with disability out of labor force. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Kentucky shows rates of people with disabilities who are out of the labor force (ages 18 to 64) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 49.4 to 90.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. Overall, rates are somewhat varied across the state, but there are generally higher rates in rural counties compared to urban ones.

The highest rates, of 77.1 to 90.9%, are mainly found in the rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Each of the five largest urban areas—Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Louisville/Jefferson County, and Lexington-Fayette—are in counties with the lowest rate, of 49.4 to 64.1%. Rates in the rest of the state are variable, though higher in rural counties than urban ones.

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

 


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