2019 State Report for County-Level Data: Prevalence

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2019 Mississippi Report for County-Level Data: Prevalence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Introduction

The State Reports for County-Level Data on Prevalence are designed to provide the users of disability statistics with the number of people with disabilities for any given state and county in the United States. This report is intended to be an online complement to Section 1: Population and Prevalence of the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and Annual Disability Statistics Supplement, providing greater detail within each state. The State Reports for County-Level Data on Prevalence can be used to compare county-level statistics between counties in any given state or states.

The following report provides county-level statistics for Mississippi. The proportions of people with disabilities, sometimes called prevalence, presented in the State Reports for County-Level Data is a useful tool for advocates, researchers, and policy-makers to plan and provide services and supports for people with disabilities. In this report, the prevalence of people with disabilities is presented as the number of people with disabilities in a given state and county per total state and county populations, respectively. Counts and percentages are provided in tables and maps.

The data for this report come from the American Community Survey 5-year data. The American Community Survey (ACS) is a national survey developed by the U.S. Census Bureau to provide information on a number of topics about social, economic, and demographic characteristics of the U.S. population. ACS 5-year data is collected over a longer period of time than 1-year data, providing larger sample sizes and increased reliability for less populated areas and small population subgroups. All of the statistics in this report use the ACS 5-year data which includes data from the year of the report and data from the four previous years. In the ACS, people are identified as having a disability based on responses to a series of six questions asking about having difficulties with vision, hearing, ambulation, cognition, self-care, and independent living (see glossary for further details).

Specific to Mississippi, the state chosen for this report, sentences providing interpretation and context for prevalence statistics are included below. A short glossary of terms is also provided at the end of the report explaining the statistics that are illustrated in each sentence.

 

 

Additional Resources. The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and its complement, the Annual Disability Statistics Supplement, are summaries of statistics about people with disabilities, available both in hard copy and online at https://www.disabilitycompendium.org.

Help navigating any of the resources described here can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section at https://www.disabilitycompendium.org/faq. Assistance interpreting and locating additional statistics is available via our toll-free number, 866-538-9521, or by email, disability.statistics@unh.edu. For more information about our research projects, please visit https://www.researchondisability.org.

Suggested Citation. Paul, S., Rafal, M., & Houtenville, A. (2020). 2019 State Report for Mississippi County-Level Data: Prevalence. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability.

Interpretation

The following statements are designed to help understand the 2019 county-level statistics from Mississippi that are presented:

  • For the number of people with and without disabilities:
    • The range of total people across Mississippi counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people across Mississippi counties, was 235,297.
      • The county with the greatest number of total people was Hinds (236,360 people).
      • The county with the least number of total people was Issaquena (1,063 people).
    • The average number of total people across all counties was 35,572.
    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of total people across Mississippi counties was 22,137.
  • For the number of people with disabilities:
    • The range of people with disabilities across Mississippi counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people with disabilities across Mississippi counties, was 31,594.
      • The county with the greatest number of people with disabilities was Harrison (31,914 people).
      • The county with the least number of people with disabilities was Issaquena (320 people).
    • The average number of people with disabilities across all counties was 5,834.
    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people with disabilities across Mississippi counties was 4,308.
  • For the percentage of people with disabilities:
    • For the entire state of Mississippi, the overall percentage of people with disabilities is 16.4%.
      • The county with the highest percentage of people with disabilities was Issaquena (30.1%).
      • The county with the lowest percentage of people with disabilities was Clay (9.6%).

 

  • For the number of people without disabilities:
    • The range of people without disabilities across Mississippi counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people without disabilities across Mississippi counties, was 205,673.
      • The county with the greatest number of people without disabilities was Hinds (206,416 people).
      • The county with the least number of people without disabilities was Issaquena (743 people).
    • The average number of people without disabilities across all counties was 29,737.
    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people without disabilities across Mississippi counties was 17,695.
  • For the percentage of people without disabilities:
    • For the entire state of Mississippi, the overall percentage of people without disabilities is 83.6%.
      • The county with the highest percentage of people without disabilities was Clay (90.4%).
      • The county with the lowest percentage of people without disabilities was Issaquena (69.9%).
Prevalence of People with and without Disabilities for Mississippi, by County: 2019
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
  Mississippi   2,916,886 478,427 16.4 2,438,459 83.6     Holmes         17,560   3,589 20.4    13,971 79.6
     Adams         28,724   5,001 17.4    23,723 82.6    Humphreys        8,299   1,839 22.2     6,460 77.8
    Alcorn         36,431   7,642 21.0    28,789 79.0    Issaquena        1,063     320 30.1       743 69.9
     Amite         12,304   2,654 21.6     9,650 78.4    Itawamba        23,193   4,114 17.7    19,079 82.3
    Attala         18,137   4,138 22.8    13,999 77.2     Jackson       140,638  25,234 17.9   115,404 82.1
    Benton          8,156   1,416 17.4     6,740 82.6     Jasper         16,451   2,905 17.7    13,546 82.3
    Bolivar        31,211   6,026 19.3    25,185 80.7    Jefferson        6,722     833 12.4     5,889 87.6
    Calhoun        14,307   3,087 21.6    11,220 78.4 Jefferson Davis    11,230   1,964 17.5     9,266 82.5
    Carroll         9,843   1,909 19.4     7,934 80.6      Jones         67,560  11,385 16.9    56,175 83.1
   Chickasaw       16,744   3,197 19.1    13,547 80.9     Kemper          9,478   2,031 21.4     7,447 78.6
    Choctaw         8,145   2,145 26.3     6,000 73.7    Lafayette       53,081   5,707 10.8    47,374 89.2
   Claiborne        9,034   1,226 13.6     7,808 86.4      Lamar         61,301   8,737 14.3    52,564 85.7
    Clarke         15,709   3,736 23.8    11,973 76.2   Lauderdale       72,843  13,936 19.1    58,907 80.9
     Clay          19,384   1,853  9.6    17,531 90.4    Lawrence        12,633   2,170 17.2    10,463 82.8
    Coahoma        22,938   3,155 13.8    19,783 86.2      Leake         22,145   5,276 23.8    16,869 76.2
    Copiah         28,352   4,320 15.2    24,032 84.8       Lee          84,122  13,257 15.8    70,865 84.2
   Covington       18,702   3,431 18.3    15,271 81.7     Leflore        28,704   2,874 10.0    25,830 90.0
    DeSoto        177,891  20,457 11.5   157,434 88.5     Lincoln        33,802   4,828 14.3    28,974 85.7
    Forrest        74,587  15,542 20.8    59,045 79.2     Lowndes        57,041   6,662 11.7    50,379 88.3
   Franklin         7,655   1,387 18.1     6,268 81.9     Madison       103,563  10,107  9.8    93,456 90.2
    George         23,369   4,576 19.6    18,793 80.4     Marion         24,250   5,172 21.3    19,078 78.7
    Greene          9,795   2,133 21.8     7,662 78.2    Marshall        34,141   4,961 14.5    29,180 85.5
    Grenada        20,740   4,295 20.7    16,445 79.3     Monroe         35,195   5,181 14.7    30,014 85.3
    Hancock        46,762   8,701 18.6    38,061 81.4   Montgomery        9,937   2,091 21.0     7,846 79.0
   Harrison       196,504  31,914 16.2   164,590 83.8     Neshoba        28,854   6,018 20.9    22,836 79.1
     Hinds        236,360  29,944 12.7   206,416 87.3     Newton         21,220   4,427 20.9    16,793 79.1
Prevalence of People with and without Disabilities for Mississippi, by County: 2019
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
    Noxubee        10,494   2,118 20.2     8,376 79.8     Webster         9,682   1,984 20.5     7,698 79.5
   Oktibbeha       49,138   5,426 11.0    43,712 89.0    Wilkinson        7,717   1,917 24.8     5,800 75.2
    Panola         33,960   6,215 18.3    27,745 81.7     Winston        17,766   3,830 21.6    13,936 78.4
  Pearl River      54,450  10,706 19.7    43,744 80.3    Yalobusha       12,137   1,986 16.4    10,151 83.6
     Perry         11,891   3,108 26.1     8,783 73.9      Yazoo         23,722   5,876 24.8    17,846 75.2
     Pike          38,870   6,342 16.3    32,528 83.7                                                      
   Pontotoc        31,368   6,164 19.7    25,204 80.3                                                      
   Prentiss        24,968   4,935 19.8    20,033 80.2                                                      
    Quitman         7,017   1,149 16.4     5,868 83.6                                                      
    Rankin        147,374  18,452 12.5   128,922 87.5                                                      
     Scott         28,071   6,566 23.4    21,505 76.6                                                      
    Sharkey         4,302     951 22.1     3,351 77.9                                                      
    Simpson        26,317   4,411 16.8    21,906 83.2                                                      
     Smith         15,921   2,854 17.9    13,067 82.1                                                      
     Stone         17,626   3,368 19.1    14,258 80.9                                                      
   Sunflower       22,128   3,233 14.6    18,895 85.4                                                      
 Tallahatchie      11,799   1,890 16.0     9,909 84.0                                                      
     Tate          27,941   3,978 14.2    23,963 85.8                                                      
    Tippah         21,918   4,375 20.0    17,543 80.0                                                      
  Tishomingo       19,202   4,372 22.8    14,830 77.2                                                      
    Tunica          9,873   1,299 13.2     8,574 86.8                                                      
     Union         28,224   5,371 19.0    22,853 81.0                                                      
   Walthall        14,343   2,815 19.6    11,528 80.4                                                      
    Warren         46,002   8,104 17.6    37,898 82.4                                                      
  Washington       45,604  10,641 23.3    34,963 76.7                                                      
     Wayne         20,251   4,488 22.2    15,763 77.8                                                      
Count of People with Disabilities for Mississippi, by County: 2019

Percentage of People with Disabilities for Mississippi, by County: 2019

Discussion

There are a number of concepts and factors which complicate the interpretation of the estimates presented in this report. These concerns affect all statistics from population-based surveys. The estimates included in this document should be interpreted the following limitations in mind and generalized with caution. In each point, a link to the U.S. Census Bureau website describing the limitation or concept in greater detail in the ACS has been provided.

Additional links to resources for the ACS:

Glossary

American Community Survey (ACS) — The American Community Survey is a large, continuous demographic survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau that will provide accurate and up-to-date profiles of America’s communities every year. Annual and multiyear estimates of population and housing data are generated for small areas, including tracts and population subgroups. This information is collected by mailing questionnaires to a sample of addresses. See the U.S. Census Bureau website for additional details.

The Six Disability Questions in the American Community Survey:

  1. Is this person deaf or does he/she have serious difficulty hearing? (yes or no)
  2. Is this person blind or does he/she have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses? (yes or no)
  3. (If person 5 years old or over) Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions? (yes or no)
  4. (If person 5 years or old over) Does this person have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs? (yes or no)
  5. (If person 5 years old or over) Does this person have difficulty dressing or bathing? (yes or no)
  6. (If person 15 years old or over) 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)

Average — The sum of all of the values in a sample divided by the number of values in the sample.

Civilian — A person not in active-duty military.

Median — The middlemost value of a sample that separates the upper half of the values from the lower half of the values. 

Non-Institutionalized Population — Describes individuals who are residing in the community and who are not living in institutions such as jails, prisons, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.

Population — The total number of inhabitants in a defined geographic area including all races, classes, and groups.

 

 

Prevalence — The proportion of the population with a particular status or condition. Prevalence is usually expressed as a percentage or a number of people per unit of the population.

Prevalence Rate — The prevalence of a particular status or condition estimated over a specific period of time.

Range — The difference between the largest and smallest values in a sample. In a sample, when the smallest value is subtracted from the largest value the resulting value is called the range. 

Sampling Variability — The variation of a statistic when estimated from repeated samples.

United States Census Bureau — An agency within the United States Federal Statistical System tasked with producing data about the American people and economy. Their primary task is to conduct the United States Census every ten years.

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