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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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 Nebraska, 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 Nebraska that are presented:

  • For people with and without disabilities: 

    • The range of total people across Nebraska counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people across Nebraska counties, was 531,040.

      • The county with the greatest number of total people was Douglas (531,473 people).

      • The county with the least number of total people was McPherson (433 people).

    • The average number of total people across all counties was 19,795.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of total people across Nebraska counties was 6,278.

 
  • For people with disabilities: 

    • The range of people with disabilities across Nebraska counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people with disabilities across Nebraska counties, was 53,043.

      • The county with the greatest number of people with disabilities was Douglas (53,092 people).

      • The county with the least number of people with disabilities was Blaine (49 people).

    • The average number of people with disabilities across all counties was 2,173.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people with disabilities across Nebraska counties was 807.

  • For people without disabilities: 

    • The range of people without disabilities across Nebraska counties, also known as the difference between the largest and smallest counts of people without disabilities across Nebraska counties, was 478,020.

      • The county with the greatest number of people without disabilities was Douglas (478,381 people).

      • The county with the leastnumber of people without disabilities was McPherson (361 people).

    • The average number of people without disabilities across all counties was 17,622.

    • The median, also known as the middle-most number, of people without disabilities across Nebraska counties was 5,298.

 

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

County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Nebraska     1,840,934 202,120 11.0 1,638,814 89.0 Dixon            5,781     807 14.0     4,974 86.0
Adams           31,158   3,770 12.1    27,388 87.9 Dodge           36,136   4,668 12.9    31,468 87.1
Antelope         6,389     999 15.6     5,390 84.4 Douglas        531,473  53,092 10.0   478,381 90.0
Arthur             448      51 11.4       397 88.6 Dundy            1,977     223 11.3     1,754 88.7
Banner             820     158 19.3       662 80.7 Fillmore         5,465     906 16.6     4,559 83.4
Blaine             551      49  8.9       502 91.1 Franklin         3,043     512 16.8     2,531 83.2
Boone            5,275     671 12.7     4,604 87.3 Frontier         2,564     326 12.7     2,238 87.3
Box Butte       11,146   1,152 10.3     9,994 89.7 Furnas           4,805     835 17.4     3,970 82.6
Boyd             2,012     337 16.7     1,675 83.3 Gage            21,533   3,302 15.3    18,231 84.7
Brown            3,034     444 14.6     2,590 85.4 Garden           1,782     257 14.4     1,525 85.6
Buffalo         47,356   4,260  9.0    43,096 91.0 Garfield         1,898     274 14.4     1,624 85.6
Burt             6,545   1,040 15.9     5,505 84.1 Gosper           1,938     265 13.7     1,673 86.3
Butler           8,085   1,003 12.4     7,082 87.6 Grant              769      68  8.8       701 91.2
Cass            24,929   2,612 10.5    22,317 89.5 Greeley          2,443     386 15.8     2,057 84.2
Cedar            8,527     897 10.5     7,630 89.5 Hall            60,015   7,034 11.7    52,981 88.3
Chase            3,830     468 12.2     3,362 87.8 Hamilton         8,957   1,069 11.9     7,888 88.1
Cherry           5,711     768 13.4     4,943 86.6 Harlan           3,405     600 17.6     2,805 82.4
Cheyenne         9,978   1,168 11.7     8,810 88.3 Hayes            1,084     169 15.6       915 84.4
Clay             6,278     980 15.6     5,298 84.4 Hitchcock        2,845     520 18.3     2,325 81.7
Colfax          10,432     742  7.1     9,690 92.9 Holt            10,233   1,391 13.6     8,842 86.4
Cuming           8,927   1,060 11.9     7,867 88.1 Hooker             654     155 23.7       499 76.3
Custer          10,679   1,412 13.2     9,267 86.8 Howard           6,327     910 14.4     5,417 85.6
Dakota          20,582   1,734  8.4    18,848 91.6 Jefferson        7,320   1,095 15.0     6,225 85.0
Dawes            9,061     986 10.9     8,075 89.1 Johnson          4,014     509 12.7     3,505 87.3
Dawson          23,795   2,900 12.2    20,895 87.8 Kearney          6,466     746 11.5     5,720 88.5
Deuel            1,925     241 12.5     1,684 87.5 Keith            8,084   1,153 14.3     6,931 85.7
County Total Disability No Disability   County Total Disability No Disability
Count % Count % Count % Count %
Keya Paha          711      98 13.8       613 86.2 Saunders        20,614   2,532 12.3    18,082 87.7
Kimball          3,662     587 16.0     3,075 84.0 Scotts Bluff    36,087   4,784 13.3    31,303 86.7
Knox             8,325   1,166 14.0     7,159 86.0 Seward          16,732   1,759 10.5    14,973 89.5
Lancaster      293,703  29,390 10.0   264,313 90.0 Sheridan         5,195     772 14.9     4,423 85.1
Lincoln         35,503   5,271 14.8    30,232 85.2 Sherman          3,049     513 16.8     2,536 83.2
Logan              850     107 12.6       743 87.4 Sioux            1,249     138 11.0     1,111 89.0
Loup               548      86 15.7       462 84.3 Stanton          6,067     771 12.7     5,296 87.3
Madison         34,466   3,567 10.3    30,899 89.7 Thayer           5,028     774 15.4     4,254 84.6
McPherson          433      72 16.6       361 83.4 Thomas             675      76 11.3       599 88.7
Merrick          7,661   1,028 13.4     6,633 86.6 Thurston         6,890     864 12.5     6,026 87.5
Morrill          4,722     681 14.4     4,041 85.6 Valley           4,210     725 17.2     3,485 82.8
Nance            3,542     561 15.8     2,981 84.2 Washington      20,069   2,581 12.9    17,488 87.1
Nemaha           7,050   1,026 14.6     6,024 85.4 Wayne            9,385     936 10.0     8,449 90.0
Nuckolls         4,309     753 17.5     3,556 82.5 Webster          3,610     614 17.0     2,996 83.0
Otoe            15,553   2,046 13.2    13,507 86.8 Wheeler            847     107 12.6       740 87.4
Pawnee           2,685     358 13.3     2,327 86.7 York            13,256   1,592 12.0    11,664 88.0
Perkins          2,883     332 11.5     2,551 88.5                                                   
Phelps           8,985   1,099 12.2     7,886 87.8                                                   
Pierce           7,050     769 10.9     6,281 89.1                                                   
Platte          32,343   3,358 10.4    28,985 89.6                                                   
Polk             5,156     588 11.4     4,568 88.6                                                   
Red Willow      10,685   1,604 15.0     9,081 85.0                                                   
Richardson       8,046   1,312 16.3     6,734 83.7                                                   
Rock             1,365     176 12.9     1,189 87.1                                                   
Saline          14,051   1,834 13.1    12,217 86.9                                                   
Sarpy          165,200  13,539  8.2   151,661 91.8                                                   

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

Percentage of People with Disabilities for Nebraska, 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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