County Report for Disability Prevalence

Acknowledgement

Special thanks to the following individuals who have contributed to the success of this effort: Deb Brucker, Erin Dame, Adam Lavoie, Rachel Coleman, Kate Filanoski, and Karen Volle. 

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2015 Colorado 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 (U.S.). This report is intended to be an online compliment 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 Colorado.

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 comes 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 2015, 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. These questions are:

  • Are you blind or do you have serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses?

  • Are you deaf or do you have serious difficulty hearing?

  • Do you have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?

 
  • Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, do you have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?

  • Do you have difficulty dressing or bathing?

  • Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, do you have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor's office or shopping?

A response of ‘yes’ to any one of these six questions identifies an individual as having a disability in the ACS. Specific to Colorado, 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.

Interpretation

The following statements are designed to help understand the 2015 county-level statistics from Colorado that are presented:

  • For people with and without disabilities: 

    • The range of total people across Colorado counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people across Colorado counties, was 642,511.

      • The county with the greatest number of total people was Denver (643,117 people).

      • The county with the least number of total people was San Juan (606 people).

    • The average number of total people across all counties was 81,050.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of total people across Colorado counties was 14,177.

 
  • For people with disabilities: 

    • The range of people with disabilities across Colorado counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people with disabilities across Colorado counties, was 73,105.

      • The county with the greatest number of people with disabilities was El Paso (73,173 people).

      • The county with the least number of people with disabilities was San Juan (68 people).

    • The average number of people with disabilities across all counties was 8,420.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people with disabilities across Colorado counties was 1,571.

  • For people without disabilities: 

    • The range of people without disabilities across Colorado counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people without disabilities across Colorado counties, was 581,238.

      • The county with the greatest number of people without disabilities was Denver (581,776 people).

      • The county with the leastnumber of people without disabilities was San Juan (538 people).

    • The average number of people without disabilities across all counties was 72,631.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people without disabilities across Colorado counties was 12,416.

 

Prevalence of People with and without Disabilities for Colorado, by County: 2015

County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Colorado    5,187,214 538,856 10.4 4,648,358 89.6 Grand          14,350     834  5.8    13,516 94.2
Adams         467,743  49,308 10.5   418,435 89.5 Gunnison       15,599   1,095  7.0    14,504 93.0
Alamosa        15,823   2,613 16.5    13,210 83.5 Hinsdale          874     142 16.2       732 83.8
Arapahoe      603,211  55,022  9.1   548,189 90.9 Huerfano        6,319   1,493 23.6     4,826 76.4
Archuleta      12,068   1,750 14.5    10,318 85.5 Jackson         1,330     114  8.6     1,216 91.4
Baca            3,600     833 23.1     2,767 76.9 Jefferson     545,981  52,495  9.6   493,486 90.4
Bent            3,624     971 26.8     2,653 73.2 Kiowa           1,434     220 15.3     1,214 84.7
Boulder       307,948  25,377  8.2   282,571 91.8 Kit Carson      7,068   1,174 16.6     5,894 83.4
Broomfield     60,364   4,925  8.2    55,439 91.8 La Plata       52,684   4,650  8.8    48,034 91.2
Chaffee        17,236   2,714 15.7    14,522 84.3 Lake            7,305     685  9.4     6,620 90.6
Cheyenne        1,957     317 16.2     1,640 83.8 Larimer       315,783  30,020  9.5   285,763 90.5
Clear Creek     9,009     839  9.3     8,170 90.7 Las Animas     14,003   2,599 18.6    11,404 81.4
Conejos         8,208   1,693 20.6     6,515 79.4 Lincoln         3,763     707 18.8     3,056 81.2
Costilla        3,581   1,085 30.3     2,496 69.7 Logan          21,314   2,965 13.9    18,349 86.1
Crowley         4,421     972 22.0     3,449 78.0 Mesa          146,558  20,188 13.8   126,370 86.2
Custer          4,286     662 15.4     3,624 84.6 Mineral           733     149 20.3       584 79.7
Delta          29,217   5,479 18.8    23,738 81.2 Moffat         12,993   1,372 10.6    11,621 89.4
Denver        643,117  61,341  9.5   581,776 90.5 Montezuma      25,495   3,980 15.6    21,515 84.4
Dolores         1,862     355 19.1     1,507 80.9 Montrose       40,413   6,574 16.3    33,839 83.7
Douglas       306,019  18,442  6.0   287,577 94.0 Morgan         27,889   3,223 11.6    24,666 88.4
Eagle          52,480   2,349  4.5    50,131 95.5 Otero          18,375   3,824 20.8    14,551 79.2
El Paso       624,178  73,173 11.7   551,005 88.3 Ouray           4,580     470 10.3     4,110 89.7
Elbert         23,761   2,385 10.0    21,376 90.0 Park           16,041   1,644 10.2    14,397 89.8
Fremont        36,178   6,712 18.6    29,466 81.4 Phillips        4,306     623 14.5     3,683 85.5
Garfield       56,345   5,627 10.0    50,718 90.0 Pitkin         17,363   1,092  6.3    16,271 93.7
Gilpin          5,552     543  9.8     5,009 90.2 Prowers        12,050   2,226 18.5     9,824 81.5
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Pueblo        157,647  28,817 18.3   128,830 81.7                                                  
Rio Blanco      6,618     685 10.4     5,933 89.6                                                  
Rio Grande     11,525   1,869 16.2     9,656 83.8                                                  
Routt          23,508   1,497  6.4    22,011 93.6                                                  
Saguache        6,214   1,121 18.0     5,093 82.0                                                  
San Juan          606      68 11.2       538 88.8                                                  
San Miguel      7,645     743  9.7     6,902 90.3                                                  
Sedgwick        2,335     337 14.4     1,998 85.6                                                  
Summit         28,857   1,449  5.0    27,408 95.0                                                  
Teller         23,103   3,081 13.3    20,022 86.7                                                  
Washington      4,522     590 13.0     3,932 87.0                                                  
Weld          268,202  27,450 10.2   240,752 89.8                                                  
Yuma           10,041   1,104 11.0     8,937 89.0                                                  
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   

Count of People with Disabilities for Colorado, by County: 2015

Percentage of People with Disabilities for Colorado, by County: 2015

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 (www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/).

  • Statistics are based on a sample and subject to sample variation (a discussion of this topic can be found here).

  • Statistics based on a sample may not fully represent the total U.S. population (a discussion of this topic can be found here).

  • People responding to the ACS may be different than people not responding (a discussion of this topic can be found here).

  • When people do not respond to all ACS questions their responses are created based on assignment or allocation (a discussion of this topic can be found here).

Additional resources for the ACS:

  • Information on the disability questions can be found here.

  • The ACS design and methodology can be found here.

  • The ACS questionnaire and instructions can be found here.

Definitions

Average—The sum of all of the values in a sample divided by the number of values in the sample.
Median—The middlemost value of a sample that separates the upper half of the values from the lower half of the values.
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.
Population—The total number of inhabitants in a defined geographic area including all races, classes, and groups.
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.

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