Disability Prevalence Report

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:

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2015 Missouri 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 Missouri.

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 Missouri, 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 Missouri that are presented:

  • For people with and without disabilities: 

    • The range of total people across Missouri counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people across Missouri counties, was 987,424.

      • The county with the greatest number of total people was St. Louis (989,446 people).

      • The county with the least number of total people was Worth (2,022 people).

    • The average number of total people across all counties was 51,587.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of total people across Missouri counties was 18,252.

 
  • For people with disabilities: 

    • The range of people with disabilities across Missouri counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people with disabilities across Missouri counties, was 115,441.

      • The county with the greatest number of people with disabilities was St. Louis (115,736 people).

      • The county with the least number of people with disabilities was Worth (295 people).

    • The average number of people with disabilities across all counties was 7,378.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people with disabilities across Missouri counties was 3,432.

  • For people without disabilities: 

    • The range of people without disabilities across Missouri counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people without disabilities across Missouri counties, was 871,983.

      • The county with the greatest number of people without disabilities was St. Louis (873,710 people).

      • The county with the leastnumber of people without disabilities was Worth (1,727 people).

    • The average number of people without disabilities across all counties was 44,209.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people without disabilities across Missouri counties was 14,953.

 

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

County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Missouri       5,932,449 848,455 14.3 5,083,994 85.7 Cole              72,548  10,346 14.3    62,202 85.7
Adair             25,247   3,083 12.2    22,164 87.8 Cooper            16,044   2,191 13.7    13,853 86.3
Andrew            17,114   2,160 12.6    14,954 87.4 Crawford          24,375   5,050 20.7    19,325 79.3
Atchison           5,341     980 18.3     4,361 81.7 Dade               7,484   1,417 18.9     6,067 81.1
Audrain           24,108   3,895 16.2    20,213 83.8 Dallas            16,370   3,316 20.3    13,054 79.7
Barry             35,431   6,322 17.8    29,109 82.2 Daviess            8,077   1,290 16.0     6,787 84.0
Barton            12,050   2,246 18.6     9,804 81.4 DeKalb             9,351   1,618 17.3     7,733 82.7
Bates             16,349   3,100 19.0    13,249 81.0 Dent              15,437   3,848 24.9    11,589 75.1
Benton            18,650   4,116 22.1    14,534 77.9 Douglas           13,393   2,707 20.2    10,686 79.8
Bollinger         12,270   2,880 23.5     9,390 76.5 Dunklin           30,891   6,909 22.4    23,982 77.6
Boone            169,402  17,402 10.3   152,000 89.7 Franklin         101,062  12,510 12.4    88,552 87.6
Buchanan          86,721  13,582 15.7    73,139 84.3 Gasconade         14,675   2,880 19.6    11,795 80.4
Butler            42,337  10,183 24.1    32,154 75.9 Gentry             6,621   1,094 16.5     5,527 83.5
Caldwell           8,895   1,524 17.1     7,371 82.9 Greene           279,368  37,616 13.5   241,752 86.5
Callaway          42,133   6,427 15.3    35,706 84.7 Grundy            10,072   1,672 16.6     8,400 83.4
Camden            43,517   7,697 17.7    35,820 82.3 Harrison           8,536   1,650 19.3     6,886 80.7
Cape Girardeau    76,555  11,208 14.6    65,347 85.4 Henry             21,794   4,515 20.7    17,279 79.3
Carroll            9,002   1,412 15.7     7,590 84.3 Hickory            9,254   2,378 25.7     6,876 74.3
Carter             6,251   1,441 23.1     4,810 76.9 Holt               4,498     741 16.5     3,757 83.5
Cass              99,881  12,358 12.4    87,523 87.6 Howard            10,055   1,525 15.2     8,530 84.8
Cedar             13,749   3,105 22.6    10,644 77.4 Howell            39,891   7,753 19.4    32,138 80.6
Chariton           7,433   1,372 18.5     6,061 81.5 Iron               9,979   2,618 26.2     7,361 73.8
Christian         80,443   9,623 12.0    70,820 88.0 Jackson          674,244  90,501 13.4   583,743 86.6
Clark              6,849   1,064 15.5     5,785 84.5 Jasper           116,067  16,290 14.0    99,777 86.0
Clay             228,840  26,320 11.5   202,520 88.5 Jefferson        219,981  28,472 12.9   191,509 87.1
Clinton           20,033   2,619 13.1    17,414 86.9 Johnson           50,539   5,905 11.7    44,634 88.3
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Knox               3,958     713 18.0     3,245 82.0 Pemiscot          17,657   4,523 25.6    13,134 74.4
Laclede           35,120   6,817 19.4    28,303 80.6 Perry             18,807   2,892 15.4    15,915 84.6
Lafayette         32,404   4,847 15.0    27,557 85.0 Pettis            41,448   7,070 17.1    34,378 82.9
Lawrence          37,657   6,053 16.1    31,604 83.9 Phelps            44,130   7,136 16.2    36,994 83.8
Lewis              9,969   1,314 13.2     8,655 86.8 Pike              16,271   2,649 16.3    13,622 83.7
Lincoln           53,367   8,818 16.5    44,549 83.5 Platte            92,463   9,120  9.9    83,343 90.1
Linn              12,324   1,952 15.8    10,372 84.2 Polk              30,705   5,290 17.2    25,415 82.8
Livingston        13,764   1,993 14.5    11,771 85.5 Pulaski           40,072   6,596 16.5    33,476 83.5
Macon             15,188   2,747 18.1    12,441 81.9 Putnam             4,842   1,147 23.7     3,695 76.3
Madison           12,232   2,891 23.6     9,341 76.4 Ralls             10,189   1,615 15.9     8,574 84.1
Maries             8,933   1,789 20.0     7,144 80.0 Randolph          23,198   4,110 17.7    19,088 82.3
Marion            28,164   4,397 15.6    23,767 84.4 Ray               22,750   3,631 16.0    19,119 84.0
McDonald          22,604   3,957 17.5    18,647 82.5 Reynolds           6,444   1,695 26.3     4,749 73.7
Mercer             3,662     528 14.4     3,134 85.6 Ripley            13,917   3,432 24.7    10,485 75.3
Miller            24,678   4,583 18.6    20,095 81.4 Saline            22,880   4,164 18.2    18,716 81.8
Mississippi       12,506   2,743 21.9     9,763 78.1 Schuyler           4,343     705 16.2     3,638 83.8
Moniteau          14,477   2,016 13.9    12,461 86.1 Scotland           4,778     735 15.4     4,043 84.6
Monroe             8,573   1,416 16.5     7,157 83.5 Scott             38,597   7,260 18.8    31,337 81.2
Montgomery        11,598   2,036 17.6     9,562 82.4 Shannon            8,253   1,640 19.9     6,613 80.1
Morgan            19,908   3,904 19.6    16,004 80.4 Shelby             5,972   1,016 17.0     4,956 83.0
New Madrid        18,042   4,031 22.3    14,011 77.7 St. Charles      373,044  36,321  9.7   336,723 90.3
Newton            58,120   8,803 15.1    49,317 84.9 St. Clair          9,288   2,202 23.7     7,086 76.3
Nodaway           22,284   2,938 13.2    19,346 86.8 St. Francois      58,440  11,380 19.5    47,060 80.5
Oregon            10,845   2,714 25.0     8,131 75.0 St. Louis        313,086  47,019 15.0   266,067 85.0
Osage             13,619   2,224 16.3    11,395 83.7 St. Louis        989,446 115,736 11.7   873,710 88.3
Ozark              9,480   2,018 21.3     7,462 78.7 Ste. Genevieve    17,783   2,830 15.9    14,953 84.1
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Stoddard          29,436   6,466 22.0    22,970 78.0                                                     
Stone             31,121   5,642 18.1    25,479 81.9                                                     
Sullivan           6,455   1,063 16.5     5,392 83.5                                                     
Taney             53,103   8,822 16.6    44,281 83.4                                                     
Texas             24,270   5,460 22.5    18,810 77.5                                                     
Vernon            20,403   3,847 18.9    16,556 81.1                                                     
Warren            32,865   4,789 14.6    28,076 85.4                                                     
Washington        23,961   6,511 27.2    17,450 72.8                                                     
Wayne             13,255   3,913 29.5     9,342 70.5                                                     
Webster           35,820   5,137 14.3    30,683 85.7                                                     
Worth              2,022     295 14.6     1,727 85.4                                                     
Wright            18,252   3,423 18.8    14,829 81.2                                                     
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         

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

Percentage of People with Disabilities for Missouri, 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.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics

Policymakers, program administrators, service providers, researchers, advocates for people with disabilities, and people with disabilities and their families need accessible, valid data/statistics to support their decisions related to policy improvements, program administration, service delivery, protection of civil rights, and major life activities. The StatsRRTC supports decision making through a variety of integrated research and outreach activities by (a) improving knowledge about and access to existing data, (b) generating the knowledge needed to improve future disability data collection, and (c) strengthening connections between the data from and regarding respondents, researchers, and decision makers. In this way, the Stats RRTC supports the improvement of service systems that advance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

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.

Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

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.

Led by the University of New Hampshire, the EPM-RRTC is a collaborative effort involving the following partners: Association of University Centers on Disability, Hunter College, Kessler Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and the University of Chicago. The EPM-RRTC 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 90RT503701, from 2015–2020.