Section 4: Poverty

This section presents statistics on poverty. The statistics describe the number and percentage of people with and without disabilities who experience poverty, as well as the gap between the poverty rates of people with and without disabilities. The principal source of these data is the U.S. Census Bureau, specifically the ACS.


Table 4.1: Poverty - Civilians with Disabilities Ages 18-64 Years Living in the Community for the U.S.
Table 4.2: Poverty - Civilians without Disabilities Ages 18-64 Years Living in the Community for the U.S.

In 2013, of the 20,611,329 individuals with disabilities ages 18 to 64 years who were living in the community, 5,910,517 individuals lived in poverty—a poverty rate of 28.7 percent. In contrast, of the 173,350,136 individuals without disabilities ages 18 to 64 years living in the community, 23,576,736 individuals lived in poverty—a poverty rate of 13.6 percent. The poverty rate for people with disabilities was highest in the Puerto Rico (50.9 percent) and lowest in Wyoming (16.7 percent).


Table 4.3: Poverty Gap - Civilians Ages 18-64 Years Living in the Community for the U.S.

In 2013, the poverty rate of individuals with disabilities ages 18 to 64 years living in the community was 28.7 percent, while the poverty rate of individuals without disabilities ages 18 to 64 years living in the community was 13.6 percent—a poverty gap of 15.1 percentage points. The poverty gap was smallest in Wyoming (6.6 percentage points) and greatest in the Maine (22.3 percentage points).


Table 4.4: Change in Poverty Gap - Civilians Ages 18-64 Years Living in the Community for the U.S.

In 2012, the poverty gap between individuals with and without disabilities ages 18 to 64 years living in the community was 15.7 percent. In 2013, the poverty gap between individuals with and without disabilities ages 18 to 64 years living in the community was 15.1 percent, a 0.6 percentage point decrease. The largest percentage point increase in the poverty gap from 2012 to 2013 was in Idaho, a 3.2 percentage point increase, while the largest decrease in the poverty gap was in Montana, a 6.4 percentage point decrease.

 


2012 Disability Compendium

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The Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, under cooperative agreements H133B080012.

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