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. 

Funding for this publication is made possible by:

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), grant number 90RT5022-02-01; and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC), also funded by NIDILRR, grant number 90RT5037-01-00. The information developed by the StatsRRTC and EPM-RRTC does not necessarily represent the policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government (Edgar, 75.620 (b)).

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2015 Georgia 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 Georgia.

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 Georgia, 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 Georgia that are presented:

  • For people with and without disabilities: 

    • The range of total people across Georgia counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people across Georgia counties, was 973,456.

      • The county with the greatest number of total people was Fulton (975,177 people).

      • The county with the least number of total people was Taliaferro (1,721 people).

    • The average number of total people across all counties was 61,714.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of total people across Georgia counties was 21,291.

 
  • For people with disabilities: 

    • The range of people with disabilities across Georgia counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people with disabilities across Georgia counties, was 94,227.

      • The county with the greatest number of people with disabilities was Fulton (94,586 people).

      • The county with the least number of people with disabilities was Glascock (359 people).

    • The average number of people with disabilities across all counties was 7,533.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people with disabilities across Georgia counties was 3,773.

  • For people without disabilities: 

    • The range of people without disabilities across Georgia counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people without disabilities across Georgia counties, was 879,318.

      • The county with the greatest number of people without disabilities was Fulton (880,591 people).

      • The county with the leastnumber of people without disabilities was Taliaferro (1,273 people).

    • The average number of people without disabilities across all counties was 54,181.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people without disabilities across Georgia counties was 17,927.

 

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

County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Georgia       9,812,517 1,197,714 12.2 8,614,803 87.8 Chattahoochee     7,229     1,194 16.5     6,035 83.5
Appling          17,953     3,239 18.0    14,714 82.0 Chattooga        23,369     4,051 17.3    19,318 82.7
Atkinson          8,268     1,162 14.1     7,106 85.9 Cherokee        225,041    20,885  9.3   204,156 90.7
Bacon            10,701     1,918 17.9     8,783 82.1 Clarke          119,918    11,720  9.8   108,198 90.2
Baker             3,292       612 18.6     2,680 81.4 Clay              3,046       597 19.6     2,449 80.4
Baldwin          43,526     5,636 12.9    37,890 87.1 Clayton         263,996    28,855 10.9   235,141 89.1
Banks            18,319     2,918 15.9    15,401 84.1 Clinch            6,660     1,341 20.1     5,319 79.9
Barrow           71,798     9,509 13.2    62,289 86.8 Cobb            714,030    60,199  8.4   653,831 91.6
Bartow          100,487    14,276 14.2    86,211 85.8 Coffee           39,575     6,778 17.1    32,797 82.9
Ben Hill         17,157     3,572 20.8    13,585 79.2 Colquitt         45,331     6,670 14.7    38,661 85.3
Berrien          18,711     3,710 19.8    15,001 80.2 Columbia        133,209    13,568 10.2   119,641 89.8
Bibb            151,161    22,107 14.6   129,054 85.4 Cook             16,889     2,528 15.0    14,361 85.0
Bleckley         12,381     2,258 18.2    10,123 81.8 Coweta          132,823    13,561 10.2   119,262 89.8
Brantley         18,393     4,191 22.8    14,202 77.2 Crawford         12,391     2,060 16.6    10,331 83.4
Brooks           15,598     3,243 20.8    12,355 79.2 Crisp            22,865     4,277 18.7    18,588 81.3
Bryan            32,198     3,516 10.9    28,682 89.1 Dade             16,296     2,953 18.1    13,343 81.9
Bulloch          71,541     8,015 11.2    63,526 88.8 Dawson           22,490     2,701 12.0    19,789 88.0
Burke            22,762     3,773 16.6    18,989 83.4 DeKalb          708,943    70,620 10.0   638,323 90.0
Butts            20,999     3,083 14.7    17,916 85.3 Decatur          26,062     4,319 16.6    21,743 83.4
Calhoun           4,673       749 16.0     3,924 84.0 Dodge            19,211     3,741 19.5    15,470 80.5
Camden           47,802     5,617 11.8    42,185 88.2 Dooly            12,619     2,131 16.9    10,488 83.1
Candler          10,744     2,001 18.6     8,743 81.4 Dougherty        91,531    14,119 15.4    77,412 84.6
Carroll         111,432    17,211 15.4    94,221 84.6 Douglas         135,343    16,289 12.0   119,054 88.0
Catoosa          64,855     9,592 14.8    55,263 85.2 Early            10,420     1,502 14.4     8,918 85.6
Charlton         11,781     1,463 12.4    10,318 87.6 Echols            4,048       586 14.5     3,462 85.5
Chatham         271,319    33,293 12.3   238,026 87.7 Effingham        54,056     6,577 12.2    47,479 87.8
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Elbert           19,303     3,401 17.6    15,902 82.4 Jackson          60,900     7,849 12.9    53,051 87.1
Emanuel          21,963     3,829 17.4    18,134 82.6 Jasper           13,493     2,050 15.2    11,443 84.8
Evans            10,330     1,824 17.7     8,506 82.3 Jeff Davis       14,874     2,638 17.7    12,236 82.3
Fannin           23,583     5,069 21.5    18,514 78.5 Jefferson        15,866     2,461 15.5    13,405 84.5
Fayette         107,798    10,364  9.6    97,434 90.4 Jenkins           8,840     1,458 16.5     7,382 83.5
Floyd            93,997    14,889 15.8    79,108 84.2 Johnson           9,235     1,724 18.7     7,511 81.3
Forsyth         195,631    14,543  7.4   181,088 92.6 Jones            28,459     4,115 14.5    24,344 85.5
Franklin         21,903     4,663 21.3    17,240 78.7 Lamar            17,838     2,577 14.4    15,261 85.6
Fulton          975,177    94,586  9.7   880,591 90.3 Lanier            9,862     1,936 19.6     7,926 80.4
Gilmer           28,425     5,330 18.8    23,095 81.2 Laurens          46,839     6,038 12.9    40,801 87.1
Glascock          2,992       359 12.0     2,633 88.0 Lee              27,618     3,014 10.9    24,604 89.1
Glynn            80,782    12,204 15.1    68,578 84.9 Liberty          58,182     7,255 12.5    50,927 87.5
Gordon           55,350     9,510 17.2    45,840 82.8 Lincoln           7,633     1,423 18.6     6,210 81.4
Grady            25,051     4,654 18.6    20,397 81.4 Long             15,583     2,156 13.8    13,427 86.2
Greene           16,154     2,104 13.0    14,050 87.0 Lowndes         108,519    14,137 13.0    94,382 87.0
Gwinnett        854,130    61,756  7.2   792,374 92.8 Lumpkin          30,515     4,592 15.0    25,923 85.0
Habersham        41,224     6,039 14.6    35,185 85.4 Macon            12,285     2,675 21.8     9,610 78.2
Hall            186,601    19,551 10.5   167,050 89.5 Madison          28,056     4,657 16.6    23,399 83.4
Hancock           7,013     1,079 15.4     5,934 84.6 Marion            8,639     1,511 17.5     7,128 82.5
Haralson         28,202     5,472 19.4    22,730 80.6 McDuffie         21,291     3,344 15.7    17,947 84.3
Harris           32,355     5,471 16.9    26,884 83.1 McIntosh         13,907     3,934 28.3     9,973 71.7
Hart             24,663     4,472 18.1    20,191 81.9 Meriwether       21,167     4,264 20.1    16,903 79.9
Heard            11,474     2,427 21.2     9,047 78.8 Miller            5,774       890 15.4     4,884 84.6
Henry           210,165    21,253 10.1   188,912 89.9 Mitchell         20,771     3,802 18.3    16,969 81.7
Houston         144,239    17,929 12.4   126,310 87.6 Monroe           25,646     3,845 15.0    21,801 85.0
Irwin             8,866     1,880 21.2     6,986 78.8 Montgomery        8,591     1,516 17.6     7,075 82.4
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Morgan           17,704     2,720 15.4    14,984 84.6 Talbot            6,470     1,337 20.7     5,133 79.3
Murray           39,178     6,092 15.5    33,086 84.5 Taliaferro        1,721       448 26.0     1,273 74.0
Muscogee        187,046    34,373 18.4   152,673 81.6 Tattnall         19,424     3,552 18.3    15,872 81.7
Newton          101,726    15,033 14.8    86,693 85.2 Taylor            8,193     1,305 15.9     6,888 84.1
Oconee           34,200     3,279  9.6    30,921 90.4 Telfair          12,523     2,022 16.1    10,501 83.9
Oglethorpe       14,546     2,451 16.8    12,095 83.2 Terrell           8,883     1,456 16.4     7,427 83.6
Paulding        146,738    14,099  9.6   132,639 90.4 Thomas           44,122     7,501 17.0    36,621 83.0
Peach            26,956     3,461 12.8    23,495 87.2 Tift             40,366     6,257 15.5    34,109 84.5
Pickens          29,468     4,727 16.0    24,741 84.0 Toombs           26,872     3,951 14.7    22,921 85.3
Pierce           18,790     3,922 20.9    14,868 79.1 Towns            10,636     1,906 17.9     8,730 82.1
Pike             17,545     2,245 12.8    15,300 87.2 Treutlen          6,365     1,441 22.6     4,924 77.4
Polk             40,906     7,014 17.1    33,892 82.9 Troup            67,435    11,512 17.1    55,923 82.9
Pulaski          10,047     1,902 18.9     8,145 81.1 Turner            7,984     1,661 20.8     6,323 79.2
Putnam           21,081     3,154 15.0    17,927 85.0 Twiggs            8,419     1,771 21.0     6,648 79.0
Quitman           2,326       634 27.3     1,692 72.7 Union            21,270     4,443 20.9    16,827 79.1
Rabun            16,067     2,639 16.4    13,428 83.6 Upson            25,954     4,707 18.1    21,247 81.9
Randolph          7,197     1,376 19.1     5,821 80.9 Walker           66,989    13,150 19.6    53,839 80.4
Richmond        191,649    32,957 17.2   158,692 82.8 Walton           85,471    10,886 12.7    74,585 87.3
Rockdale         86,178     8,895 10.3    77,283 89.7 Ware             33,373     6,527 19.6    26,846 80.4
Schley            5,074       902 17.8     4,172 82.2 Warren            5,483       767 14.0     4,716 86.0
Screven          13,811     2,359 17.1    11,452 82.9 Washington       19,175     2,730 14.2    16,445 85.8
Seminole          8,663     1,504 17.4     7,159 82.6 Wayne            27,877     5,007 18.0    22,870 82.0
Spalding         62,794    10,591 16.9    52,203 83.1 Webster           2,715       579 21.3     2,136 78.7
Stephens         25,615     4,914 19.2    20,701 80.8 Wheeler           4,349       660 15.2     3,689 84.8
Stewart           4,298     1,021 23.8     3,277 76.2 White            27,592     4,281 15.5    23,311 84.5
Sumter           30,526     4,616 15.1    25,910 84.9 Whitfield       102,695    11,863 11.6    90,832 88.4
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Wilcox            6,939     1,351 19.5     5,588 80.5                                                      
Wilkes            9,818     1,784 18.2     8,034 81.8                                                      
Wilkinson         9,287     1,564 16.8     7,723 83.2                                                      
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Count of People with Disabilities for Georgia, by County: 2015

Percentage of People with Disabilities for Georgia, 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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Led by the University of New Hampshire, the StatsRRTC is a collaborative effort involving the following partners: American Association of People with Disabilities, Center for Essential Management Services, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Kessler Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and Public Health Institute. The StatsRRTC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research under grant number 90RT502201, from 2013–2018.

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The EPM-RRTC generates and translates new information about disability employment policy and ways to measure the labor market experiences of people with disabilities. By improving the quality of available information about program interactions, policy options, and employment outcomes, the EPM-RRTC increases evidence-based advocacy and policymaking.

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