Puerto Rico Territory 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: Puerto Rico

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

This map of Puerto Rico shows general rates of disability at the municipality level. Disability rates are broken into four categories, from 7.0 to 17.4%.

Most of Puerto Rico is considered urban, and overall there are high rates of disability across Puerto Rico. The highest rates (25.4 to 34.2%) are in the middle of the territory, near San Juan, and along the eastern coast. The lowest rates (7.0 to 17.4%) tend to be found along the coasts. 

In the upper corner of the map is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in Puerto Rico compare to the rest of the United States. Overall, general disability rates in Puerto Rico are higher than most states, similar to rates of disability in West Virginia.

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

This map of the state of Puerto Rico shows disability rate among females by municipality. Rates are broken into four categories from 7.1 to 36.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Arecibo, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce are in municipalities with the lowest rate of 7.1 to 17.4%. San Juan and Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián are in municipalities with the second-lowest rate of 17.5 to 21.8%.

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

 


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

This map of the state of Puerto Rico shows disability rate among males by municipality. Rates are broken into four categories from 3.3 to 35.8%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. 

Arecibo, Ponce, and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the lowest rate of 3.3 to 17.6%. San Juan is in a municipality with the second-lowest rate of 17.7 to 22.0%. Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián is in a municipality with the second-highest rate of 22.1 to 25.4%.

Map produced October 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 PR showing rates of veterans with disability. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Puerto Rico shows rates of disability among veterans aged 18 and older by municipality. Rates are broken into four categories from 0.0 to 78.8%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Arecibo, Ponce, San Juan and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the lowest rate of 0.0 to 34.8%.  Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián is in a municipality with the highest rate of 52.1 to 78.8%.

Map produced October 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 PR showing rates of people with disabilities in poverty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Puerto Rico shows poverty rates among people with disabilities of all ages by municipality. Poverty rates are broken into four levels from 33.0 to 67.9%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Rates are mixed across the state.

San Juan is in a municipality with the lowest rate of 33.0 to 47.2%. Ponce, Arecibo and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the second-lowest rate of 47.3 to 52.2%. Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián is in a municipality with the highest rate of 56.2 to 67.9%.

Map produced October 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: Puerto Rico

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

This map of the state of Puerto Rico shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by municipality. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.0 to 20.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Arecibo, Ponce, and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the lowest rate of 1.0 to 3.7%. San Juan is in a municipality with the second-lowest rate of 3.8 to 5.6%. Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián is in a municipality with the second-highest rate of 5.7 to 8.7%.

Map produced June 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 PR showing rates of hearing impairment by county. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Puerto Rico shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by municipality. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.1 to 9.7%.

 The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Arecibo, Ponce, and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the lowest rate of 1.1 to 3.0%. San Juan is in a municipality with the second-highest rate of 4.2 to 5.2%. Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián is in a municipality with the highest rate of 5.3 to 9.7%.

Map produced June 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 PR showing rates of cognitive difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Puerto Rico shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by municipality. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.7 to 20.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Arecibo, Ponce, and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the lowest rate of 2.7 to 7.5%. San Juan is in a municipality with the second-lowest rate of 7.6 to 9.8%. Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián is in a municipality with the highest rate of 11.6 to 20.0%.

Map produced June 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 PR showing rates of mobility difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Puerto Rico shows rates of people with mobility difficulty for all ages by municipality. Rates are broken into four categories from 4.5 to 20.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) 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.

Arecibo, and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the lowest rate of 4.5 to 9.3%. San Juan and Ponce are in municipalities with the second-lowest rate of 9.4 to 12.4%. Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián is in a municipality with the highest rate of 14.9 to 20.3%.

Map produced June 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 PR showing rates of self-care difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Puerto Rico shows rates of people with self-care difficulty by municipality. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.6 to 10.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Arecibo, and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the lowest rate of 2.6 to 3.6%. San Juan and Ponce are in municipalities with the second-highest rate of 4.8 to 5.8%. Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián is in a municipality with the highest rate of 5.9 to 10.0%.

Map produced June 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 PR showing rates of IL difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Puerto Rico shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by municipality. Rates are broken into four categories from 5.1 to 22.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) 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.

Arecibo, and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the lowest rate of 5.1 to 9.1%. San Juan and Ponce are in municipalities with the second-lowest rate of 9.2 to 12.1%. Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián is in a municipality with the second-highest rate of 12.2 to 14.4%.

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

 


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Employment: Puerto Rico

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

This map of Puerto Rico shows employment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 0.0 to 39.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Arecibo, Ponce, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián are in municipalities with the lowest rate of 0.0 to 14.3%. San Juan is in a municipality with the highest rate of 23.5 to 39.3%.

Most of the municipalities with the highest rate are in the east-central part of Puerto Rico.

Map produced October 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 PR showing rates of unemployment for people with disabilities. Text description on page.

This map of Puerto Rico 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 14.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

San Juan and Ponce are in municipalities with the second-lowest rate of 3.7 to 5.7%. Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the second-highest rate of 5.8 to 8.2%. Arecibo is in a municipality with the highest rate of 8.3 to 14.3%.

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

This map of Puerto Rico 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 52.3 to 93.4%.

The five largest urban areas (Arecibo, San Juan, Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián, San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande, and Ponce) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

San Juan is in a municipality with the lowest rate of 52.3 to 69.5%. Arecibo and Aguadilla-Isabela--San Sebastián are in municipalities with the second-highest rate of 76.5 to 81.3%. Ponce and San Germán--Cabo Rojo--Sabana Grande are in municipalities with the highest rate of 81.4 to 93.4%.

Map produced October 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.