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. 

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2015 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 (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 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 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 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.

Interpretation

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

  • For 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 242,304.

      • The county with the greatest number of total people was Hinds (243,324 people).

      • The county with the least number of total people was Issaquena (1,020 people).

    • The average number of total people across all counties was 35,624.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of total people across Mississippi counties was 22,418.

 
  • For 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 31,428.

      • The county with the greatest number of people with disabilities was Hinds (31,721 people).

      • The county with the least number of people with disabilities was Issaquena (293 people).

    • The average number of people with disabilities across all counties was 5,826.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people with disabilities across Mississippi counties was 4,479.

  • For 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 210,876.

      • The county with the greatest number of people without disabilities was Hinds (211,603 people).

      • The county with the leastnumber of people without disabilities was Issaquena (727 people).

    • The average number of people without disabilities across all counties was 29,799.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people without disabilities across Mississippi counties was 17,946.

 

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

County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Mississippi     2,921,189 477,699 16.4 2,443,490 83.6 Holmes             18,633   2,638 14.2    15,995 85.8
Adams              29,616   4,823 16.3    24,793 83.7 Humphreys           8,897   1,393 15.7     7,504 84.3
Alcorn             36,788   7,524 20.5    29,264 79.5 Issaquena           1,020     293 28.7       727 71.3
Amite              12,727   3,163 24.9     9,564 75.1 Itawamba           23,216   4,827 20.8    18,389 79.2
Attala             18,868   3,620 19.2    15,248 80.8 Jackson           139,314  24,793 17.8   114,521 82.2
Benton              8,389   1,694 20.2     6,695 79.8 Jasper             16,472   3,516 21.3    12,956 78.7
Bolivar            32,976   4,852 14.7    28,124 85.3 Jefferson           7,159   1,138 15.9     6,021 84.1
Calhoun            14,637   2,782 19.0    11,855 81.0 Jefferson Davis    11,830   2,461 20.8     9,369 79.2
Carroll            10,150   1,817 17.9     8,333 82.1 Jones              67,522  11,891 17.6    55,631 82.4
Chickasaw          17,086   2,733 16.0    14,353 84.0 Kemper              9,667   1,926 19.9     7,741 80.1
Choctaw             8,254   2,044 24.8     6,210 75.2 Lafayette          50,583   5,342 10.6    45,241 89.4
Claiborne           9,276   1,255 13.5     8,021 86.5 Lamar              57,938   8,737 15.1    49,201 84.9
Clarke             16,306   3,734 22.9    12,572 77.1 Lauderdale         76,464  13,989 18.3    62,475 81.7
Clay               19,994   3,247 16.2    16,747 83.8 Lawrence           12,573   2,203 17.5    10,370 82.5
Coahoma            24,961   3,740 15.0    21,221 85.0 Leake              22,202   4,544 20.5    17,658 79.5
Copiah             28,771   4,617 16.0    24,154 84.0 Lee                84,014  13,975 16.6    70,039 83.4
Covington          19,222   4,664 24.3    14,558 75.7 Leflore            30,856   3,542 11.5    27,314 88.5
DeSoto            167,763  18,593 11.1   149,170 88.9 Lincoln            34,172   5,075 14.9    29,097 85.1
Forrest            75,581  15,005 19.9    60,576 80.1 Lowndes            57,903   9,573 16.5    48,330 83.5
Franklin            7,777   1,485 19.1     6,292 80.9 Madison            99,028   9,622  9.7    89,406 90.3
George             22,634   4,400 19.4    18,234 80.6 Marion             25,353   5,348 21.1    20,005 78.9
Greene             10,820   2,454 22.7     8,366 77.3 Marshall           35,104   4,987 14.2    30,117 85.8
Grenada            21,266   4,743 22.3    16,523 77.7 Monroe             35,760   6,371 17.8    29,389 82.2
Hancock            45,477   8,053 17.7    37,424 82.3 Montgomery         10,347   1,971 19.0     8,376 81.0
Harrison          188,527  28,682 15.2   159,845 84.8 Neshoba            29,135   5,952 20.4    23,183 79.6
Hinds             243,324  31,721 13.0   211,603 87.0 Newton             21,473   4,195 19.5    17,278 80.5
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Noxubee            10,946   2,364 21.6     8,582 78.4 Webster             9,913   2,073 20.9     7,840 79.1
Oktibbeha          48,621   5,698 11.7    42,923 88.3 Wilkinson           8,340   2,128 25.5     6,212 74.5
Panola             34,174   5,377 15.7    28,797 84.3 Winston            18,245   3,387 18.6    14,858 81.4
Pearl River        54,332  10,559 19.4    43,773 80.6 Yalobusha          12,197   2,470 20.3     9,727 79.7
Perry              12,083   3,287 27.2     8,796 72.8 Yazoo              24,267   4,091 16.9    20,176 83.1
Pike               39,469   7,699 19.5    31,770 80.5                                                      
Pontotoc           30,264   5,292 17.5    24,972 82.5                                                      
Prentiss           25,091   5,748 22.9    19,343 77.1                                                      
Quitman             7,587   1,210 15.9     6,377 84.1                                                      
Rankin            141,092  19,073 13.5   122,019 86.5                                                      
Scott              28,029   5,608 20.0    22,421 80.0                                                      
Sharkey             4,707     981 20.8     3,726 79.2                                                      
Simpson            26,768   4,650 17.4    22,118 82.6                                                      
Smith              16,170   3,143 19.4    13,027 80.6                                                      
Stone              17,417   3,027 17.4    14,390 82.6                                                      
Sunflower          24,150   2,939 12.2    21,211 87.8                                                      
Tallahatchie       10,513   2,088 19.9     8,425 80.1                                                      
Tate               27,938   4,551 16.3    23,387 83.7                                                      
Tippah             21,951   4,473 20.4    17,478 79.6                                                      
Tishomingo         19,279   4,484 23.3    14,795 76.7                                                      
Tunica             10,355   1,478 14.3     8,877 85.7                                                      
Union              27,543   4,864 17.7    22,679 82.3                                                      
Walthall           14,838   3,070 20.7    11,768 79.3                                                      
Warren             47,593   6,164 13.0    41,429 87.0                                                      
Washington         49,046   9,330 19.0    39,716 81.0                                                      
Wayne              20,446   4,646 22.7    15,800 77.3                                                      

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

Percentage of People with Disabilities for Mississippi, 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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