Tennessee 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: Tennessee

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

This map of Tennessee shows general rates of disability across the state at the county level. Disability rates are broken into four categories, from 7.6 to 28.8%

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 7.6 to 16.6% are mainly found in the counties surrounding each of the five largest urban areas and tend to occur in clusters across the state. Uneven patterns of clusters of the other three categories can be observed across the state.

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

This map of Tennessee shows disability rates among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 7.8 to 29.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 compared to urban ones. Each of the five largest urban areas are located in counties with the lowest rates, of 7.8 to 16.8%. There are pockets of the highest rates, of 21.6 to 29.2%, in the rural counties along the Kentucky border, in the rural counties east of Clarksville and west of Memphis, and in the eastern half of the state.

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

 


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

This map of Tennessee shows disability rates among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 7.3 to 30.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas. 

Overall there are generally higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. Each of the five largest urban areas are located in counties with the lowest rates, of 7.3 to 30.0%. While there are pockets of counties with the lowest rate around each of these five urban areas, most of the state has higher rates. The highest rates, of 21.9 to 30.0%, are found mainly in rural counties. Most of the counties with these lowest rates are found stretching just north of Chattanooga up to the Kentucky border, and then west above Knoxville.

Map produced April 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 TN showing rates of veterans with disability. Text description on page.

This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of veterans with disabilities ages 18 years and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 17.5 to 54.1%

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 40.1 to 54.1%, tend to be rural. Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 17.5 to 29.9%.

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.

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

This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with disabilities in poverty (all ages) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 7.1 to 43.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 29.6 to 43.1%, tend to be rural.

Memphis, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the second-lowest rate, of 22.5 to 25.1%. Clarksville is in a county with the lowest rate, of 7.1 to 22.4%.

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.

Disability Rates by Functional Limitation: Tennessee

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

This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 1.3 to 7.6%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 compared to urban ones. Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 1.3 to 3.0%.

Outside of the five largest urban areas, most of the counties have the highest rates, of 4.9 to 7.6%, and second-highest rates, of 3.9 to 4.8%.

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

This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 2.6 to 9.0%

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 2.6 to 4.4%.

Outside of the five largest urban areas, rates are varied. The counties with the highest rates, of 6.7 to 9.0% tend to be rural.

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

This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 2.5 to 12.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rates, of 6.7 to 9.0% tend to be rural.

Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 2.5 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 TN showing rates of mobility difficulty. Text description on page.This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with mobility difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 3.5 to 19.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 13.2 to 19.5%, tend to be rural.

Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 3.5 to 9.9%.

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

This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with self care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 1.5 to 7.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 5.1 to 7.5%, tend to be rural. Many of the counties in the western and eastern portions of the state outside of major urban areas have the highest or second-highest rate (4.1 to 5.0%).

Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 1.5 to 3.1%.

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

This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with Independent Living (IL) difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 3.4 to 14.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 10.3 to 14.0%, tend to be rural.

Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 3.4 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.

Employment: Tennessee

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

This map of Tennessee shows rates of people with disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 13.4 to 45.1%.

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 tend to be lower rates of employment in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the lowest rate, of 13.4 to 23.2%, tend to be rural. Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the highest rate, of 30.4 to 45.1%.

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

This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with disabilities who are unemployed (ages 18-64) by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 0.4 to 9.8%

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) are labeled to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban vs rural areas.

Overall, rates are extremely varied across the state, but there tend to be lower unemployment rates in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the lowest rate, of 0.4 to 3.4%, tend to be rural.

Memphis, Nashville-Davidson, and Clarksville are located in counties with the highest rate, of 5.6 to 9.8%. Chattanooga is in a county with the second-highest rate, of 4.5 to 5.5%. Knoxville is in a county with the second-lowest rate, of 3.5 to 4.4%.

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

This map of the state of Tennessee shows rates of people with disabilities (ages 18 to 64) who are out of the labor force by county. Rates are broken into four categories, from 51.7 to 86.2%. 

The five largest urban areas (Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) 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 tend to be higher rates of disability in rural counties compared to urban ones. The counties with the highest rate, of 73.0 to 86.2%, tend to be rural. Memphis, Clarksville, Nashville-Davidson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are all located in counties with the lowest rate, of 51.7 to 64.3%.

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.