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By State, The Total Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 65 Years Old And Older Reporting A Disability, By Disability Type (2000).
State Total Population Age 65 And Over Total Sensory Disability Total Physical Disability Total Mental Disability Total
Self-Care Disability
Total
Go-Outside-Home Disability
Alabama
555,405 
94,555
197,242
81,229
71,904
139,401
Alaska
34,301
7,097
11,021
4,224
3,560
6,938
Arizona
653,778
92,168
178,646
63,448
50,882
113,732
Arkansas
354,606
62,248
126,694
50,233
43,519
81,117
California
3,469,810
501,450
985,115
423,518
345,113
721,927
Colorado
398,644
60,149
107,416
38,971
31,743
72,320
Connecticut
439,935
53,610
103,962
36,947
36,350
82,914
Delaware
97,072
12,332
25,127
8,285
7,227
16,822
District of Columbia
66,478
7,382
18,695
7,413
7,413
15,726
Florida
2,720,127
354,848
713,534
260,487
216,868
506,259
Georgia
754,654
119,668
256,057
107,051
89,319
182,589
Hawaii
157,997
21,830
39,149
19,361
13,640
34,737
Idaho
140,644
24,955
40,445
15,007
11,698
24,800
Illinois
1,416,418
183,010
393,927
134,985
129,097
285,225
Indiana
707,369
105,274
209,251
70,735
64,661
138,302
Iowa
403,731
52,875
102,519
30,642
28,386
65,513
Kansas
330,661
46,485
94,531
29,767
27,096
60,443
Kentucky
476,540
84,172
170,609
67,805 
59,006 
113,981
Louisiana
489,574 
80,244
167,803
66,337
60,916
 116,107
Maine
174,998
27,944
49,351
16,895
14,741
30,024
Maryland
572,977
71,858
153,499
57,568
52,021
116,401
Massachusetts
807,006 
105,118
199,828
71,309
69,091
151,835
Michigan
1,171,080
165,125
336,818
122,042
110,015
239,215
Minnesota
554,138
69,703
134,360
43,043
38,812
94,635
Mississippi
325,801
58,595
124,227
53,016
46,752
83,287
Missouri
711,417
102,002
212,122
73,373
65,162
141,075
Montana
114,359
18,740
30,311
10,026
7,844
18,404
Nebraska
216,774
27,713
52,444
16,026
15,807
36,832
Nevada
214,065
29,516
61,255
18,510
16,630
37,113
New Hampshire
139,078
20,204
35,749
11,629
10,108
22,603
New Jersey
1,063,982
127,389
271,630
97,770
93,994
213,150
New Mexico
205,591
36,264
64,070
25,829
20,239
43,482
New York
2,333,555
293,707
625,437
241,264
231,369
499,015
North Carolina
924,128
141,872
298,213
121,874
104,763
209,578
North Dakota
 87,361
12,048
21,070
6,803
5,633
15,369
Ohio
1,422,071
192,291
395,543
136,021
128,475
282,607
Oklahoma
429,566
73,496
146,160
53,377
46,310
91,167
Oregon
423,459
65,507
122,161
47,254
38,199
76,019
Pennsylvania
1,809,320
232,348 
468,772
163,441
154,460
356,888
Rhode Island
143,565
19,158
36,846
12,848
11,281
27,844
South Carolina
465,847
71,628
149,545
62,296
53,890
106,977
South Dakota
100,501
14,564
26,094
7,628
6,724
17,071
Tennessee
668,071
110,564
228,973
95,692
80,737
161,007
Texas
1,966,272
302,787
619,167
238,048
219,321
433,549 
Utah
183,813
28,367
49,274
18,363
14,546
32,868
Vermont
73,355 
10,844
18,925
7,036
5,948
12,266
Virginia
753,882
103,068
219,291
83,977
76,135
156,053
Washington
639,648
 107,165
184,896
72,244
59,936
120,075
West Virginia
265,759
46,571
93,758
36,476
32,837
64,499
Wisconsin
662,813
78,834
159,880
50,183
49,928
117,174
Wyoming
54,630
9,137
14,268
4,606
3,734
8,582

Note: People age 5 years old and over are considered to have a disability if they report one or more of the following criteria from one or more of the following categories as defined by the 2000 U.S. Census:
(a) sensory disability: blindness, deafness, or severe vision or hearing impairment;
(b) physical disability: substantial limitation in the ability to perform basic physical activities, such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting, or carrying;
(c) mental disability: difficulty learning, remembering, or concentrating;
(d) self-care disability: difficulty dressing, bathing, or getting around inside the home.
In addition to the above, people 16 years old and over are considered to have a disability if they report:
(e) go-outside-home disability: difficulty going outside the home alone to shop or visit a doctor's office.

The same person could contribute a number (one frequency count) to more than one disability type listed in the table. Therefore, adding together the totals of different disability types for a particular state will not give the total number of people reporting a disability in that state. For example, the same person could report a sensory disability and a self-care disability. That person, thus, would add a number to the sensory total, as well as to the self-care total for their state. However, adding together the totals of different disability types for a particular state will give the number of actual disabilities reported in the state. For information on the total number of people reporting a disability by state see the State Table on total population reporting disability, by age group.

To find the percent of people 65 years old and over in a state reporting a particular disability type, divide the total population 65 and over reporting the disability type by the total population of the state 65 years old and over. Example: Calculate the percent of people age 65 years old and older in Hawaii reporting a sensory disability. This calculation would be: 21,830/157,997=.1382 and .1382x100=13.82%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000

 

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