Pennsylvania 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: Pennsylvania

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

This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four levels: 8.5 to 13.3%, 13.4 to 15.6%, 15.7 to 17.3%, 17.4% to 30.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban compared to rural areas. Pennsylvania is mostly urban with rural areas scattered mostly to the north but also with some central and southern counties. The highest rates of disability are mostly in the west and north, and lowest in the central and southeast. Of the five cities, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh are in counties with the lowest rate and Allentown is in a county with the second lowest.

In the upper corner there is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Pennsylvania compare to other states. Overall, disability rates in Pennsylvania are in the second lowest category, and it is similar to Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Vermont, Rhode Island, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

 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 PA showing rates of disability among females. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows disability rate among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 8.5% to 29.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Harrisburg are in counties with the lowest rate of 8.5 to 13.5%. Allentown and Pittsburgh are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 13.6 to 15.4%. 

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

  


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

This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows disability rate among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 8.5% to 32.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Allentown is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 13.3 to 15.6%. The other four cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 8.5 to 13.2%.

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 PA showing rates of veterans with disability. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows rates of disability among veterans aged 18 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 23.1 to 49.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Pittsburgh is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 27.0 to 30.2%. The other four cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 23.1 to 26.9%.

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

This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows poverty rates among people with disabilities of all ages by county. Poverty rates are broken into four levels from 10.9 to 34.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Lancaster is in a county with the lowest rate of 10.9 to 17.6%. Philadelphia is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 17.7 to 20.0%. Harrisburg and Pittsburgh are in counties with the second-highest rate of 20.1 to 22.6%. Allentown is in a county with the highest rate of 22.7 to 34.7%.

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.

Disability Rates by Functional Limitation: Pennsylvania

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

This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.3 to 6.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Lancaster are in counties with the lowest rate of 1.3 to 2.0%. Harrisburg is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 2.1 to 2.5%. Allentown is in a county with the second-highest rate of 2.6 to 2.9%.

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

This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.6 to 13.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) 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 lowest rate of 2.6 to 3.6%.

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

This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 3.4 to 8.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Lancaster and Philadelphia are in counties with the lowest rate of 3.4 to 5.2%. Harrisburg and Pittsburgh are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 5.3 to 6.1%. Allentown is in a county with the second-highest rate of 6.2 to 6.7%.

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.

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 PA showing rates of mobility difficulty. Text description on page.This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows rates of people with mobility difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 3.9 to 18.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) 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. 

Lancaster, Allentown and Philadelphia are in counties with the lowest rate of 3.9 to 7.0%. Harrisburg and Pittsburgh are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 7.1 to 8.4%.

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

This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows rates of people with self-care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.5 to 4.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Harrisburg and Lancaster are in counties with the lowest rate of 1.5 to 2.5%. Philadelphia, Allentown and Pittsburgh are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 2.6 to 2.8%.

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

This map of the state of Pennsylvania shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 3.4 to 8.8%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) 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.

Lancaster and Allentown are in counties with the lowest rate of 3.4 to 5.7%. Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 5.8 to 6.5%.

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: Pennsylvania

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

This map of Pennsylvania shows employment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 23.2 to 48.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg are in counties with the second-highest rate of 34.9 to 38.8%. Allentown and Lancaster are in counties with the highest rate of 38.9 to 48.7%.

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

This map of Pennsylvania shows unemployment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.3 to 8.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Harrisburg and Lancaster are in counties with the second-highest rate of 5.3 to 6.2%. Philadelphia, Allentown, and Pittsburgh are in counties with the highest rate of 6.3 to 8.1%.

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

This map of Pennsylvania 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 46.6 to 73.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Harrisburg is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 55.8 to 60.7%. The other four cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 46.6 to 55.7%.

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.