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 Indiana 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 Indiana.

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 Indiana, 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 Indiana that are presented:

  • For people with and without disabilities: 

    • The range of total people across Indiana counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people across Indiana counties, was 910,490.

      • The county with the greatest number of total people was Marion (916,471 people).

      • The county with the least number of total people was Union (7,237 people).

    • The average number of total people across all counties was 70,315.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of total people across Indiana counties was 33,551.

 
  • For people with disabilities: 

    • The range of people with disabilities across Indiana counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people with disabilities across Indiana counties, was 125,251.

      • The county with the greatest number of people with disabilities was Marion (126,071 people).

      • The county with the least number of people with disabilities was Union (1,025 people).

    • The average number of people with disabilities across all counties was 9,466.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people with disabilities across Indiana counties was 4,933.

  • For people without disabilities: 

    • The range of people without disabilities across Indiana counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people without disabilities across Indiana counties, was 785,239.

      • The county with the greatest number of people without disabilities was Marion (790,400 people).

      • The county with the leastnumber of people without disabilities was Union (6,212 people).

    • The average number of people without disabilities across all counties was 60,849.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people without disabilities across Indiana counties was 28,519.

 

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

County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Indiana     6,468,964 870,896 13.5 5,598,068 86.5 Gibson         33,115   4,999 15.1    28,116 84.9
Adams          34,218   4,354 12.7    29,864 87.3 Grant          67,943  11,876 17.5    56,067 82.5
Allen         359,824  42,465 11.8   317,359 88.2 Greene         32,532   5,962 18.3    26,570 81.7
Bartholomew    78,566   9,579 12.2    68,987 87.8 Hamilton      295,067  20,923  7.1   274,144 92.9
Benton          8,667   1,580 18.2     7,087 81.8 Hancock        70,706   9,214 13.0    61,492 87.0
Blackford      12,304   2,568 20.9     9,736 79.1 Harrison       39,023   6,882 17.6    32,141 82.4
Boone          59,913   5,839  9.7    54,074 90.3 Hendricks     150,597  15,481 10.3   135,116 89.7
Brown          14,880   1,739 11.7    13,141 88.3 Henry          45,929   7,486 16.3    38,443 83.7
Carroll        19,899   3,041 15.3    16,858 84.7 Howard         81,829  14,300 17.5    67,529 82.5
Cass           37,820   5,412 14.3    32,408 85.7 Huntington     36,376   5,253 14.4    31,123 85.6
Clark         111,627  17,019 15.2    94,608 84.8 Jackson        42,839   5,582 13.0    37,257 87.0
Clay           26,366   4,523 17.2    21,843 82.8 Jasper         33,101   4,443 13.4    28,658 86.6
Clinton        32,184   4,243 13.2    27,941 86.8 Jay            21,039   3,394 16.1    17,645 83.9
Crawford       10,532   2,249 21.4     8,283 78.6 Jefferson      31,004   4,697 15.1    26,307 84.9
Daviess        31,951   4,325 13.5    27,626 86.5 Jennings       27,859   4,476 16.1    23,383 83.9
DeKalb         42,076   7,127 16.9    34,949 83.1 Johnson       143,494  14,606 10.2   128,888 89.8
Dearborn       49,118   5,831 11.9    43,287 88.1 Knox           37,249   5,684 15.3    31,565 84.7
Decatur        25,922   3,640 14.0    22,282 86.0 Kosciusko      77,233  10,115 13.1    67,118 86.9
Delaware      115,861  19,323 16.7    96,538 83.3 LaGrange       37,916   3,785 10.0    34,131 90.0
Dubois         41,495   4,013  9.7    37,482 90.3 LaPorte       102,412  13,880 13.6    88,532 86.4
Elkhart       198,214  26,303 13.3   171,911 86.7 Lake          488,067  66,308 13.6   421,759 86.4
Fayette        23,452   4,470 19.1    18,982 80.9 Lawrence       45,141   7,445 16.5    37,696 83.5
Floyd          74,903  10,154 13.6    64,749 86.4 Madison       125,139  22,534 18.0   102,605 82.0
Fountain       16,715   2,793 16.7    13,922 83.3 Marion        916,471 126,071 13.8   790,400 86.2
Franklin       22,854   3,103 13.6    19,751 86.4 Marshall       46,483   6,103 13.1    40,380 86.9
Fulton         20,298   3,429 16.9    16,869 83.1 Martin         10,169   1,423 14.0     8,746 86.0
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Miami          34,162   5,783 16.9    28,379 83.1 Switzerland    10,388   1,561 15.0     8,827 85.0
Monroe        141,477  14,617 10.3   126,860 89.7 Tippecanoe    179,254  17,216  9.6   162,038 90.4
Montgomery     37,643   5,513 14.6    32,130 85.4 Tipton         15,387   2,673 17.4    12,714 82.6
Morgan         68,670  10,281 15.0    58,389 85.0 Union           7,237   1,025 14.2     6,212 85.8
Newton         13,854   2,006 14.5    11,848 85.5 Vanderburgh   178,797  25,720 14.4   153,077 85.6
Noble          46,727   5,865 12.6    40,862 87.4 Vermillion     15,649   2,642 16.9    13,007 83.1
Ohio            5,981     820 13.7     5,161 86.3 Vigo          103,989  17,614 16.9    86,375 83.1
Orange         19,472   3,566 18.3    15,906 81.7 Wabash         31,394   4,759 15.2    26,635 84.8
Owen           21,033   3,694 17.6    17,339 82.4 Warren          8,275   1,311 15.8     6,964 84.2
Parke          15,579   2,506 16.1    13,073 83.9 Warrick        60,254   6,792 11.3    53,462 88.7
Perry          17,667   2,595 14.7    15,072 85.3 Washington     27,652   4,907 17.7    22,745 82.3
Pike           12,463   2,294 18.4    10,169 81.6 Wayne          66,730  11,700 17.5    55,030 82.5
Porter        165,194  18,376 11.1   146,818 88.9 Wells          27,231   3,556 13.1    23,675 86.9
Posey          25,316   3,127 12.4    22,189 87.6 White          24,139   3,737 15.5    20,402 84.5
Pulaski        12,881   2,313 18.0    10,568 82.0 Whitley        32,949   5,031 15.3    27,918 84.7
Putnam         34,374   5,281 15.4    29,093 84.6                                                  
Randolph       25,238   4,061 16.1    21,177 83.9                                                  
Ripley         28,150   3,913 13.9    24,237 86.1                                                  
Rush           16,804   2,280 13.6    14,524 86.4                                                  
Scott          23,435   4,090 17.5    19,345 82.5                                                  
Shelby         43,728   5,684 13.0    38,044 87.0                                                  
Spencer        20,638   2,769 13.4    17,869 86.6                                                  
St. Joseph    264,729  34,823 13.2   229,906 86.8                                                  
Starke         23,112   4,021 17.4    19,091 82.6                                                  
Steuben        33,987   4,958 14.6    29,029 85.4                                                  
Sullivan       18,933   3,372 17.8    15,561 82.2                                                  

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

Percentage of People with Disabilities for Indiana, 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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