Index: Demographics / Subcategory: Demographics

Disability

Date updated: 12/03/2012

The American Community Survey includes three items that ask about disability status.

The Census categorizes disabilities by dividing them into six types:

What this chart shows: Percentage of Population with One or More Disabilities in the United States, Colorado, Larimer County, Fort Collins & Loveland, 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

 

Data Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey (Table B18101)

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What the above data tell us:

In 2009-2011, the percentage of Larimer County residents with disabilities (9%) was less than the nation (12%) and the state (10%). Fort Collins saw the lowest percentage (7%) of those shown above.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Disabled Population Living Below Poverty Level in the United States, Colorado, Larimer County, Fort Collins & Loveland, 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

Data Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey (Table B18130)

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What the above data tell us:

In 2009-2011, the percentage of disabled Larimer County residents living in poverty (17%) was lower than the nation (22%) and the state (18%). Both Fort Collins (19%) and Loveland (19%) had a higher percentage of disabled individuals than the state or county.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Disabled Individuals by Disability Type in Larimer County, 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

 

Data Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey (Table S1810)

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What the above data tell us:

In 2009-2011, the most common types of disabilities in Larimer County were cognitive and hearing. The above percentages do not add up to 100% because an individual may have more than one disability. In 2009-2011, there were an estimated 26,541 non-institutionalized civilian disabled individuals living in Larimer County with an estimated 46,335 disabilities.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Disabled Adults (18 to 64) by Employment Status in Larimer County, 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

 

Data Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey (Table B18120)

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What the above data tell us:

For the majority of the Larimer County population, a disabled individual was more likely to be unemployed than a fully able individual in 2009-2011. It should be noted that this chart does not represent the unemployment rate for Larimer County. The unemployment rate concerns individuals who are out of work, but are available and eligible for work and have been trying to obtain work. In contrast, these data include the total jobless population, regardless of their availability or desire to work.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Employed Disabled Adults (18 to 64) by Disability Type in Larimer County, 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

 

Data Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey (Table B18120)

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What the above data tell us:

Disabled individuals with hearing and cognitive disabilities were more likely to be employed in 2009-2011 than those with vision or self-care disabilities.

Additional Information:

Reproduction of the Questions on Disability from the American Community Survey:

17 (a). Is this person deaf or does he/she have serious difficulty hearing? Yes or No

17 (b). Is this person blind or does he/she have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses? Yes or No

18 (a). Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions? Yes or No

18 (b). Does this person have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs? Yes or No

18 (c). Does this person have difficulty dressing or bathing? Yes or No

19. Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor's office or shopping? Yes or No

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Data Tables:

Population with One or More Disabilities

2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

One or More Disabilities

#

%

United States

36,499,048

12%

Colorado

491,969

10%

Larimer County

26,541

9%

Fort Collins

9,809

7%

Loveland

6,863

10%

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Disabled Population Living Below Poverty
2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

 

Number

Percentage

United States

7,964,714

22%

Colorado

90,630

18%

Larimer County

4,591

17%

Fort Collins

1,861

19%

Loveland

1,328

19%

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Disabled Individuals by Disability Type
2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

Type of Disability

Number

Percentage

Total Number Disabled Individuals

26,541 100.0%

Hearing Disability

9,374 35.3%

Vision Disability

3,908 14.7%

Cognitive Disability

8,896 33.5%

Ambulatory Disability

11,765 44.3%

Self-Care Disability

4,426 16.7%

Independent Living Disability

7,966 30.0%

Total Number Disabilities

46,335 -----------

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Disabled Adults (18-64) by Employment Status in Larimer County
2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

 

Employed

Unemployed

Not in Work Force

#

%

#

%

#

%

No Disabilities

141,126

75.5%

12,695

6.8%

33,096

17.7%

One or More Disabilities

5,631

43.3%

1,260

9.7%

6,125

47.1%

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Employed Disabled Adults (18-64) by Disability Type
2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

Disability Type

Number

Percentage

Hearing

1,808

24.1%

Vision

835

11.1%

Cognitive

1,794

23.9%

Ambulatory

1,621

21.6%

Self-care

532

7.1%

Independent Living

915

12.2%

Total

7,505

4.7%

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