West Virginia 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: West Virginia

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

This map of the state of West Virginia shows general rates of disability by county. Disability rates are broken into four levels: 12.0 to 18.1%, 18.2 to 19.8%, 19.9 to 24.1%, and 24.2 to 34.2%.

The five largest urban areas (Huntington, Charleston, Morgantown, Wheeling, Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between disability rates in urban compared to rural areas. Most of West Virginia is considered rural outside of the Charleston area. The highest rates of disability are in the south western counties near Virginia and Kentucky. Of the five cities, Morgantown, Wheeling, and Weirton are in counties with the lowest rates, while Charleston and Huntington are in counties with the second lowest rates.

In the upper corner there is an inset map of the United States showing how overall general disability rates in West Virginia compare to other states. Overall, disability rates in West Virginia are in the highest category, and it is comparable to Puerto Rico.

Map produced October 2019 based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey data.

 


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Map of WV showing rates of disability among females. Text description on page.

This map of the state of West Virginia shows disability rate among females by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 12.0 to 32.5.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Huntington is in a county with the second-highest rate of 19.4 to 23.0%. Charleston is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 17.3 to 19.3%. The other three cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 12.0 to 17.2%. Most of the counties with the highest rate of 23.1 to 32.5% are on or near the southern edge of the state.

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

 


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

This map of the state of West Virginia shows disability rate among males by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 12.0 to 36.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Huntington and Charleston are in a county with the second-lowest rate of 18.2 to 20.6%. The other three cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 12.0 to 18.1%.

Map produced July 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 WV showing rates of veterans with disability. Text description on page.

This map of the state of West Virginia shows rates of disability among veterans aged 18 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 19.2% to 61.8%.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Morgantown is in a county with the lowest rate of 19.2 to 32.2%. Charleston, Wheeling, and Weirton—Steubenville are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 32.2 to 38.2%. Huntington is in a county with the second-highest rate of 38.2 to 46.1%.

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

 


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

This map of the state of West Virginia shows poverty rates among people with disabilities of all ages by county. Poverty rates are broken into four levels from 15.6% to 33.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Weirton—Steubenville is in a county with the lowest rate of 15.6 to 20.4%. Morgantown and Charleston are in counties with the second-lowest rate of 20.5 to 22.8%. Wheeling is in a county with the second-highest rate of 22.9 to 26.2%. Huntington is in a county with the highest rate of 26.3 to 33.7%.

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

 


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Disability Rates by Functional Limitation: West Virginia

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

This map of the state of West Virginia shows rates of people with vision difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 1.9% to 9.5%.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Counties in the south have higher rates, along with a few central counties, of 5.2 to 9.5%.

Morgantown is in a county with the lowest rate, 1.9 to 3.2%, Wheeling and Charleston the second lowest, 3.3 to 3.9%, and Huntington and Weirton—Steubenville the second highest, 4.0 to 5.1%.

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

 


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

This map of the state of West Virginia shows rates of people with hearing difficulty for ages 5 and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 3.2 to 12.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Counties in the south have higher rates, along with a few central counties, of 8.7 to 12.7%.

All cities have the lowest rate of 3.2 to 5.6%, except Weirton—Steubenville with the second lowest of 5.7 to 6.8%.

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

 


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

This map of the state of West Virginia shows rates of people with cognitive difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 4.3 to 15.3%

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Wheeling and Morgantown are in counties with the lowest rate, 4.3 to 6.3%. Charleston, Huntington, and Weirton—Steubenville are in counties with the second lowest rate, 6.4 to 8.0%.

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

 


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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 WV showing rates of mobility difficulty. Text description on page.This map of the state of West Virginia shows rates of people with mobility difficulty for all ages by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 6.0 to 22.3%.

Counties in the south have higher rates, along with one central and northern county, of 15.6 to 22.3%.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) 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. Morgantown, Wheeling, and Weirton—Steubenville are in counties with the lowest rate, 6.0 to 10.6%, while Charleston and Huntington are in counties with the second lowest rate of 10.7 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 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 LA showing rates of self-care difficulty. Text description on page.

This map of the state of West Virginia shows rates of people with self-care difficulty by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 2.1 to 3.6%.

High rates are spread across the state, with some in the south, some north-central, and some in the northeast.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas. Wheeling and Morgantown are in counties with the lowest rate, 2.1 to 3.6%, with Weirton—Steubenville, Huntington, and Charlestown in counties with the second-lowest rate 3.7 to 4.4%.

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

This map of the state of West Virginia shows rates of independent living (IL) difficulty for people 18 years of age and older by county. Rates are broken into four categories from 5.0 to 14.8%.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) 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. None of these five cities are in counties with the top rate, but the rates are mixed throughout the state. High rates are spread across the state, with some in the south, central, north-central, and northeast.

Morgantown, Wheeling, and Weirton—Steubenville are in counties with the lowest rate of 5.0 to 7.5%. Charleston and Huntington are in counties with the second lowest rate of 7.6 to 9.4%.

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

 


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Employment: West Virginia

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

This map of West Virginia shows employment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories ranging from 11.5 to 42.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Huntington is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 20.1 to 25.3%. The other four cities are in counties with the highest rate of 29.5 to 42.7%.

Map produced July 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 WV showing rates of unemployment for people with disabilities. Text description on page.

This map of West Virginia shows unemployment rates among people with disabilities. The data includes people ages 18 to 64. Rates are broken into four categories from 0.1 to 10.7%.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Wheeling is in a county with the second-lowest rate of 2.8 to 3.6%. Weirton—Steubenville, Huntington and Charleston are in counties with the second-highest rate of 3.7 to 5.0%. Morgantown is in a county with the highest rate of 5.1 to 10.7%.

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

 


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

This map of West Virginia 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 16.8 to 48.0%.

The five largest urban areas (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown, and Weirton--Steubenville) are labeled on the map to show if there are any differences between rates in urban compared to rural areas.

Morgantown and Huntington are in counties with the second-highest rate of 25.7 to 29.5%. The other three cities are in counties with the lowest rate of 16.8 to 22.3%.

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


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