2016 Disability Status Report: Oregon

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The 2016 Annual Disability Status Report

The Annual Disability Status Reports provide policy makers, disability advocates, reporters, and the public with a summary of the most recent demographic and economic statistics on the non-institutionalized population with disabilities. They contain information on the population size and disability prevalence for various demographic subpopulations, as well as statistics related to employment, earnings, household income, veterans' service-connected disability and health insurance. Comparisons are made to people without disabilities and across disability types. Disability Status Reports and other statistics are available for the United States overall, each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico at www.disabilitystatistics.org.

The Status Reports primarily look at the working-age population because the employment gap between people with and without disabilities is a major focus of government programs and advocacy efforts. Employment is also a key factor in the social integration and economic self-sufficiency of working-age people with disabilities.

The information in this report is based on data from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) - a survey sent each year to a random sample of over 3.5 million households. For more information see the Census Bureau's ACS website http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ and our Guide to Disability Statistics from the American Community Survey (2008 Forward): http://disabilitystatistics.org/sources.cfm.

The estimates in these reports are based on responses from a sample of the population and may differ from actual population values because of sampling variability and other factors. Differences observed between the estimates for two or more groups may not be statistically significant.

http://www.census.gov/people/disability/methodology/acs.html

 

Suggested Citation

Erickson, W. Lee, C., & von Schrader, S. (2019). 2016 Disability Status Report: Oregon. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI).

We would like to thank Sara VanLooy, Jason Criss, and Joe Williams for their assistance with editing and production of this document.

ACS Disability Questions

There is no single accepted definition of disability. Different definitions and disability questions may identify different populations with disabilities and result in larger or smaller estimates.

Below are the six questions used in the ACS to identify persons with disabilities. Note that the Census Bureau refers to each of the individual types as "difficulty" while in this report the term "disability" is used.

  • Hearing Disability (asked of all ages):
    • Is this person deaf or does he/she have serious difficulty hearing?
  • Visual Disability (asked of all ages):
    • Is this person blind or does he/she have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses?
  • Cognitive Disability (asked of persons ages 5 or older):
    • Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?
  • Ambulatory Disability (asked of persons ages 5 or older):
    • Does this person have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?
  • Self-Care Disability (asked of persons ages 5 or older):
    • Does this person have difficulty dressing or bathing?
  • Independent Living Disability (asked of persons ages 15 or older):
    • Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor's office or shopping?

Note:

  • The "Any Disability" category used in this report includes persons who reported one or more of the individual disability types.
  • Respondents could report more than one disability type.
  • Some disability questions were not asked of children.
  • A separate set of survey questions identify veterans with service-connected disabilities. Based on a separate set of survey questions, this report includes estimates related to veterans' service-connected disability
    (see page 51).

 

Notes

Spanish Language Reports: Spanish language versions of the Annual Disability Status Reports for the US, all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. can be downloaded at the same location as the English Status Reports. The Spanish translation was made possible through funding from the Northeast ADA Center and NIDILRR.

Puerto Rico: A Puerto Rico Disability Status Report, based on the parallel 2016 Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS), is available again this year in English as well as Spanish. However, please note that the Puerto Rico sample is not included in any U.S. population estimates included in these reports.

Group Quarters: In 2006, the ACS began surveying the group quarters population. We include the non-institutionalized group quarters population, but due to small state level sample sizes exclude the institutionalized group quarters population (see glossary) in the Disability Status Reports.

Margin of Error (MOE): As in previous years' reports we provide the 90% MOE to better illustrate sampling variability. See the glossary entry for more information on this topic.

Glossary: As in previous years, we provide a comprehensive glossary at the back of this report defining the terms used in the Disability Status Report (see glossary).

Note: According to the Census Bureau, estimates based on the ACS Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) file such as those included in this report may differ slightly from the ACS summary tables produced by the Census Bureau, because they are subject to additional sampling error and further data processing operations. Please see http://www.disabilitystatistics.org/faq.cfm#Q4 for further information.

Oregon Summary

These statistics indicate the social and economic status of non-institutionalized people with disabilities in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS).

Age: In 2016, the prevalence of disability in OR was:

  • 14.7 percent for persons of all ages
  • 0.9 percent for persons ages 4 and under
  • 5.3 percent for persons ages 5 to 15
  • 6.6 percent for persons ages 16 to 20
  • 12.7 percent for persons ages 21 to 64
  • 28.4 percent for persons ages 65 to 74
  • 49.9 percent for persons ages 75+

Disability Type: In 2016, the prevalence of the six disability types among persons of all ages in OR was:

  • 2.6% reported a Visual Disability
  • 4.8% reported a Hearing Disability
  • 7.4% reported an Ambulatory Disability
  • 6.2% reported a Cognitive Disability
  • 2.9% reported a Self-Care Disability
  • 6.0% reported an Independent Living Disability

Gender: In 2016, 14.5 percent of females of all ages and 15.0 percent of males of all ages in OR reported a disability.

Hispanic/Latino: In 2016, the prevalence of disability among persons of all ages of Hispanic or Latino origin in OR was 9.0 percent.

Race: In OR in 2016, the prevalence of disability for working-age people (ages 21 to 64) was:

  • 12.8 percent among Whites
  • 20.3 percent among Black / African Americans
  • 5.9 percent among Asians
  • 22.9 percent among Native Americans
  • 12.4 percent among persons of some other race(s)

Employment: In 2016, the employment rate of working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities in OR was 40.1 percent.

Looking for Work: In OR in 2016, the percentage actively looking for work among people with disabilities who were not working was 10.6 percent.

Full-Time/Full-Year Employment: In OR in 2016, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities working full-time/full-year was 22.7 percent.

Annual Earnings: In 2016, the median annual earnings of working-age people with disabilities working full-time/full-year in OR was $37,000.

Annual Household Income: In OR in 2016, the median annual income of households with working-age people with disabilities was $45,300.

Poverty: In OR in 2016, the poverty rate of working-age people with disabilities was 27.1 percent.

Supplemental Security Income: In 2016, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities receiving SSI payments in OR was 16.6 percent.

Educational Attainment: In 2016, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities in OR:

  • with only a high school diploma or equivalent was 28.4 percent
  • with only some college or an associate degree was 40.7 percent
  • with a bachelor's degree or more was 15.2 percent.

Veterans Service-Connected Disability: In 2016, the percentage of working-age civilian veterans with a VA determined Service-Connected Disability was 28.3 percent in OR.

Health Insurance Coverage: In 2016 in OR, 92.5 percent of working-age people with disabilities had health insurance.

Prevalence: Ages 21 - 64

This summary lists percentages by state of non-institutionalized working-age (ages 21 to 64) people with disabilities using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). The US disability prevalence rate for this population was 10.9%

Location 2016 (%) Location 2016 (%)
Alabama 14.7 Montana 13.0
Alaska 12.3 Nebraska 10.2
Arizona 11.3 Nevada 11.4
Arkansas 15.6 New Hampshire 10.6
California 8.5 New Jersey 8.0
Colorado 9.0 New Mexico 13.3
Connecticut 8.7 New York 9.2
Delaware 9.8 North Carolina 12.3
District of Columbia 9.7 North Dakota 9.0
Florida 10.7 Ohio 12.3
Georgia 11.5 Oklahoma 15.1
Hawaii 8.0 Oregon 12.7
Idaho 12.2 Pennsylvania 12.2
Illinois 9.0 Puerto Rico 18.1
Indiana 12.4 Rhode Island 11.7
Iowa 10.1 South Carolina 13.3
Kansas 11.3 South Dakota 10.0
Kentucky 17.0 Tennessee 14.4
Louisiana 14.3 Texas 10.2
Maine 13.4 Utah 9.3
Maryland 9.1 Vermont 12.0
Massachusetts 9.3 Virginia 9.8
Michigan 13.1 Washington 11.3
Minnesota 8.9 West Virginia 18.5
Mississippi 15.1 Wisconsin 9.8
Missouri 13.2 Wyoming 12.4

Employment: Ages 21 - 64

This summary lists employment rates by state of non-institutionalized working-age (ages 21 to 64) people with disabilities using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). The employment rate in the US for this population was 36.2% for people with disabilities and 78.9% for people without disabilities.

Location People with Disabilities 2016 People without Disabilities 2016 Location People with Disabilities 2016 People without Disabilities 2016
Alabama 27.9 75.5 Montana 42.7 80.9
Alaska 49.4 77.6 Nebraska 49.8 85.7
Arizona 35.1 76.1 Nevada 42.6 77.6
Arkansas 32.0 77.6 New Hampshire 45.6 85.2
California 35.0 76.5 New Jersey 37.4 79.7
Colorado 42.8 81.5 New Mexico 31.6 73.9
Connecticut 39.0 81.4 New York 33.0 77.9
Delaware 36.2 79.2 North Carolina 35.2 78.3
District of Columbia 33.8 80.7 North Dakota 51.5 85.4
Florida 32.7 77.3 Ohio 35.7 80.2
Georgia 34.7 77.9 Oklahoma 36.5 77.7
Hawaii 40.5 81.2 Oregon 40.1 78.5
Idaho 42.9 77.9 Pennsylvania 35.2 80.0
Illinois 35.1 79.8 Puerto Rico 23.1 58.6
Indiana 36.9 81.2 Rhode Island 31.5 80.9
Iowa 45.8 84.3 South Carolina 33.4 78.0
Kansas 46.0 82.5 South Dakota 52.0 84.5
Kentucky 31.0 77.6 Tennessee 31.4 78.3
Louisiana 30.9 75.4 Texas 39.7 78.3
Maine 32.4 81.4 Utah 46.2 79.7
Maryland 42.2 82.5 Vermont 41.4 85.0
Massachusetts 38.9 82.3 Virginia 39.5 81.4
Michigan 33.6 78.3 Washington 39.2 79.0
Minnesota 48.7 85.5 West Virginia 27.9 72.6
Mississippi 29.0 74.8 Wisconsin 41.6 83.6
Missouri 34.2 81.0 Wyoming 47.0 80.6

Prevalence

All Ages

Introduction

This section addresses the prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people of all ages in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of people with a disability of all ages in OR was 14.7 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 597,600 of the 4,057,000 individuals of all ages in OR reported one or more disabilities.
  • In OR in 2016, among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest prevalence rate was for "Ambulatory Disability," 7.4 percent. The lowest prevalence rate was for "Visual Disability," 2.6 percent.

Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people of all ages in Oregon in 2016*

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Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Population Sample Size
Any Disability 14.7 0.40 597,600 16,370 4,057,000 39,534
Visual 2.6 0.18 104,500 7,310 4,057,000 39,534
Hearing 4.8 0.24 193,700 9,840 4,057,000 39,534
Ambulatory 7.4 0.31 284,800 11,790 3,825,000 37,638
Cognitive 6.2 0.28 237,700 10,840 3,825,000 37,638
Self-Care 2.9 0.20 112,100 7,570 3,825,000 37,638
Independent Living 6.0 0.30 202,100 10,040 3,341,400 33,192

* Note: Children under the age of five were only asked about Vision and Hearing disabilities. The Independent Living disability question was only asked of persons aged 16 years old and older.

Prevalence

Ages 4 years and under

Introduction

This section focuses on the prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized children ages 4 and under in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Only the two sensory disability questions were asked of this population. For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of children with a visual and/or hearing disability ages 0 to 4 in OR was 0.9 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 2,200 of the 232,000 children ages 0 to 4 in OR reported one or more disabilities.
  • In OR in 2016, 0.5 percent reported a visual disability
  • In OR in 2016, 0.5 percent reported a hearing disability

Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people ages 4 and under in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Population Sample Size
Any Disability 0.9 3.29 2,200 1,070 232,000 1,896
Visual 0.5 3.29 1,200 810 232,000 1,896
Hearing 0.5 3.29 1,200 800 232,000 1,896

Prevalence

Ages 5 to 15 years

Introduction

This section focuses on the prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized children ages 5 to 15 in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS)*. For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of children with a disability ages 5 to 15 in OR was 5.3 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 28,000 of the 529,300 individuals ages 5 to 15 in OR reported one or more disabilities.
  • In OR in 2016, among the five types of disabilities* identified in the ACS, the highest prevalence rate was for "Cognitive Disability," 4.4 percent. The lowest prevalence rate was for "Ambulatory Disability," 0.4 percent.

Prevalence of disability* among non-institutionalized people ages 5 to 15 in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Population Sample Size
Any Disability 5.3 0.70 28,000 3,820 529,300 4,871
Visual 0.5 3.29 2,700 1,200 529,300 4,871
Hearing 0.5 3.29 2,800 1,210 529,300 4,871
Ambulatory 0.4 3.29 1,900 990 529,300 4,871
Cognitive 4.4 0.64 23,200 3,480 529,300 4,871
Self-Care 1.0 3.29 5,000 1,630 529,300 4,871

* Note: The "Independent Living Disability" question was not asked of children ages 15 years and younger.

Prevalence

Ages 16 to 20 years

Introduction

This section focuses on the prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people ages 16 to 20 in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of people with a disability ages 16 to 20 in OR was 6.6 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 17,500 of the 263,600 individuals ages 16 to 20 in OR reported one or more disabilities.
  • In OR in 2016, among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest prevalence rate was for "Cognitive Disability," 5.2 percent. The lowest prevalence rate was for "Hearing Disability," 0.6 percent.

Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people ages 16 to 20 in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Population Sample Size
Any Disability 6.6 1.11 17,500 3,030 263,600 2,446
Visual 0.7 3.29 1,800 970 263,600 2,446
Hearing 0.6 3.29 1,500 900 263,600 2,446
Ambulatory 0.9 3.29 2,400 1,120 263,600 2,446
Cognitive 5.2 0.99 13,700 2,680 263,600 2,446
Self-Care 0.9 3.29 2,500 1,140 263,600 2,446
Independent Living 3.2 0.78 8,300 2,090 263,600 2,446

Prevalence

Ages 21 to 64 years

Introduction

This section focuses on the prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of working age people (ages 21 to 64) with a disability in OR was 12.7 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 300,000 of the 2,353,200 individuals ages 21 to 64 in OR reported one or more disabilities.
  • In OR in 2016, among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest prevalence rate was for "Ambulatory Disability," 5.6 percent. The lowest prevalence rate was "Self-Care Disability," 2.1 percent.

Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people ages 21 to 64 in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Population Sample Size
Any Disability 12.7 0.50 300,000 12,080 2,353,200 22,461
Visual 2.3 0.22 54,200 5,300 2,353,200 22,461
Hearing 2.8 0.25 65,300 5,810 2,353,200 22,461
Ambulatory 5.6 0.34 132,900 8,220 2,353,200 22,461
Cognitive 5.6 0.34 132,500 8,200 2,353,200 22,461
Self-Care 2.1 0.22 50,400 5,110 2,353,200 22,461
Independent Living 4.3 0.30 100,200 7,160 2,353,200 22,461

Prevalence

Ages 65 to 74 years

Introduction

This section explores the prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people ages 65 to 74 in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of people with a disability ages 65 to 74 in OR was 28.4 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 117,400 of the 413,200 individuals ages 65 to 74 in OR reported one or more disabilities.
  • In OR in 2016, among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest prevalence rate was for "Ambulatory Disability," 15.3 percent. The lowest prevalence rate was for "Self-Care Disability," 4.6 percent.

Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people ages 65 to 74 in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Population Sample Size
Any Disability 28.4 1.61 117,400 7,740 413,200 4,807
Visual 5.0 0.78 20,700 3,290 413,200 4,807
Hearing 13.1 1.20 54,300 5,300 413,200 4,807
Ambulatory 15.3 1.28 63,300 5,720 413,200 4,807
Cognitive 6.8 0.90 28,100 3,830 413,200 4,807
Self-Care 4.6 0.75 19,000 3,150 413,200 4,807
Independent Living 7.1 0.92 29,300 3,910 413,200 4,807

Prevalence

Ages 75 and Older

Introduction

This section focuses on the prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people ages 75 and older in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of people with a disability ages 75 and older in OR was 49.9 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 132,600 of the 265,600 individuals ages 75 and older in OR reported one or more disabilities.
  • In OR in 2016, among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest prevalence rate was for "Ambulatory Disability," 31.7 percent. The lowest prevalence rate was for "Visual Disability," 9.0 percent.

Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people ages 75 and older in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Population Sample Size
Any Disability 49.9 2.22 132,600 8,210 265,600 3,053
Visual 9.0 1.27 23,800 3,520 265,600 3,053
Hearing 25.8 1.95 68,500 5,950 265,600 3,053
Ambulatory 31.7 2.07 84,200 6,580 265,600 3,053
Cognitive 15.2 1.59 40,200 4,570 265,600 3,053
Self-Care 13.2 1.51 35,100 4,270 265,600 3,053
Independent Living 24.0 1.90 63,800 5,740 265,600 3,053

Prevalence

Gender and Age

Introduction

This section examines the prevalence of disability among people by gender and age group in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS)*. For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In OR in 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of males with a disability of all ages was 15.0 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 300,400 of the 2,006,300 males of all ages in OR reported one or more disabilities.
  • In OR in 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of females with a disability of all ages was 14.5 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 297,200 of the 2,050,700 females of all ages in OR reported one or more disabilities.

Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people by gender and age group in Oregon in 2016

Gender & Age Percent MOE Number MOE Base Population Sample Size
Males
Males: All Ages 15.0 0.58 300,400 12,090 2,006,300 19,320
Males: Ages 4 and under 1.2 3.29 1,500 880 125,000 984
Males: Ages 5-15 6.9 1.12 18,600 3,120 270,600 2,502
Males: Ages 16-20 7.8 1.66 10,600 2,360 136,300 1,218
Males: Ages 21-64 13.1 0.72 152,300 8,770 1,164,400 11,011
Males: Ages 65-74 31.2 2.40 61,200 5,630 196,300 2,273
Males: Ages 75+ 49.4 3.40 56,200 5,400 113,800 1,332
Females
Females: All Ages 14.5 0.56 297,200 12,030 2,050,700 20,214
Females: Ages 4 and under 0.7 3.29 700 610 107,000 912
Females: Ages 5-15 3.6 0.84 9,300 2,210 258,800 2,369
Females: Ages 16-20 5.4 1.45 6,900 1,900 127,400 1,228
Females: Ages 21-64 12.4 0.69 147,700 8,650 1,188,800 11,450
Females: Ages 65-74 25.9 2.15 56,200 5,390 217,000 2,534
Females: Ages 75+ 50.3 2.94 76,400 6,270 151,800 1,721

* Note: Children ages 0-4 were only asked about visual and hearing disabilities, children ages 5-15 were not asked the "Independent Living Disability" question.

Prevalence

Hispanic/Latino Origin and Age

Introduction

This section examines the prevalence of disability among people by Hispanic/Latino origin and age group in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS)*. For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In OR in 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of disability among people of Hispanic/Latino origin of all ages was 9.0 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 46,800 of the 518,000 people of Hispanic/Latino origin of all ages in OR reported one or more disabilities.
  • In OR in 2016, the overall percentage (prevalence rate) of disability among people of non-Hispanic/Latino origin of all ages was 15.6 percent.
  • In other words, in 2016, 550,900 of the 3,539,000 people of non-Hispanic/Latino origin of all ages in OR reported one or more disabilities.

* Note: Children ages 0-4 were only asked about visual and hearing disabilities, children age 5-15 were not asked the "Independent Living Disability" question.

Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized people by Hispanic / Latino origin and age group in Oregon in 2016

Hispanic/Latino Origin & Age Percent MOE Number MOE Base Population Sample Size
Hispanic
Hispanic - All Ages 9.0 0.91 46,800 4,930 518,000 3,585
Hispanic - Ages 4 and under 1.7 3.29 900 680 51,700 316
Hispanic - Ages 5-15 7.1 1.72 8,300 2,090 117,000 761
Hispanic - Ages 16-20 4.7 2.07 2,600 1,170 55,200 398
Hispanic - Ages 21-64 10.3 1.33 28,200 3,840 273,700 1,910
Hispanic - Ages 65-74 29.5 8.72 4,200 1,490 14,400 126
Hispanic - Ages 75+ 40.4 14.41 2,500 1,140 6,100 74
Non-Hispanic
Non-Hispanic - All Ages 15.6 0.44 550,900 15,820 3,539,000 35,949
Non-Hispanic - Ages 4 and under 0.7 3.29 1,300 830 180,400 1,580
Non-Hispanic - Ages 5-15 4.8 0.76 19,600 3,200 412,400 4,110
Non-Hispanic - Ages 16-20 7.1 1.29 14,900 2,790 208,400 2,048
Non-Hispanic - Ages 21-64 13.1 0.54 271,700 11,540 2,079,600 20,551
Non-Hispanic - Ages 65-74 28.4 1.64 113,100 7,600 398,800 4,681
Non-Hispanic - Ages 75+ 50.2 2.25 130,200 8,140 259,500 2,979

* Note: Children ages 0-4 were only asked about visual and hearing disabilities, children ages 5-15 were not asked the "Independent Living Disability" question.

Prevalence

Race

Introduction

This section presents the disability prevalence rate among non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) by race category in OR, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

In 2016, among working-age people in OR:

  • 12.8 percent of persons who were White reported a disability.
  • 20.3 percent of persons who were Black/African American reported a disability.
  • 22.9 percent of persons who were Native American reported a disability.
  • 5.9 percent of persons who were Asian reported a disability.
  • 12.4 percent of persons who were some other race(s) reported a disability.

Prevalence of disability among non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) by race in Oregon in 2016

Race Percent MOE Number MOE Base Population Sample Size
White 12.8 0.54 255,600 11,220 1,989,800 19,305
Black/African American 20.3 4.35 9,100 2,180 44,800 341
Native American or
Alaska Native
22.9 5.62 6,700 1,880 29,400 394
Asian 5.9 1.61 6,800 1,880 113,700 999
Some other race(s) 12.4 1.80 21,800 3,370 175,500 1,422

Employment

Introduction

This section examines the employment rates of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the employment rate of working-age people with disabilities in OR was 40.1 percent.
  • In 2016, the employment rate of working-age people without disabilities in OR was 78.5 percent.
  • The gap between the employment rates of working-age people with and without disabilities was 38.4 percentage points.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest employment rate was for people with a "Hearing Disability," 50.8 percent. The lowest employment rate was for people with a "Independent Living Disability," 18.5 percent.

Employment of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) by disability status in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
No Disability 78.5 0.66 1,612,200 22,590 2,053,300 19,560
Any Disability 40.1 2.05 120,300 7,830 300,000 2,901
Visual 44.8 4.89 24,300 3,560 54,200 488
Hearing 50.8 4.48 33,200 4,160 65,300 639
Ambulatory 27.7 2.81 36,800 4,380 132,900 1,324
Cognitive 32.5 2.95 43,000 4,730 132,500 1,275
Self-Care 19.3 4.03 9,800 2,260 50,400 508
Independent Living 18.5 2.81 18,500 3,110 100,200 1,039

Not Working but Actively Looking for Work

Introduction

This section focuses on the percentage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities in Oregon who are not working but actively looking for work, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016 in OR, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities who were not working but actively looking for work was 10.6 percent.
  • In 2016 in OR, the percentage of working-age people without disabilities who were not working but actively looking for work was 17.0 percent.
  • The difference in the percentage not working but actively looking for work between working-age people with and without disabilities was 6.4 percentage points.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest percentage of not working but actively looking for work was for people with a "Hearing Disability," 12.2 percent. The lowest percentage was for people with a "Self-Care Disability," 4.0 percent.

Percentage who are not working but actively looking for work among non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
No Disability 17.0 1.30 75,000 6,220 441,100 4,301
Any Disability 10.6 1.66 19,100 3,160 179,700 1,819
Visual 7.9 3.57 2,400 1,110 29,900 275
Hearing 12.2 4.18 3,900 1,430 32,100 325
Ambulatory 6.4 1.81 6,100 1,790 96,100 997
Cognitive 11.6 2.45 10,400 2,330 89,400 911
Self-Care 4.0 2.23 1,600 920 40,700 426
Independent Living 6.1 1.92 5,000 1,610 81,600 864

Full-Time / Full-Year Employment

Introduction

This section presents the percentage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities working full-time/full-year in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities working full-time/full-year in OR was 22.7 percent.
  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age people without disabilities working full-time/full-year in OR was 55.1 percent.
  • The difference in the percentage working full-time/full-year between working-age people with and without disabilities was 32.4 percentage points.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest full-time/full-year employment rate was for people with "Hearing Disability," 35.1 percent. The lowest full-time/full-year employment rate was for people with "Independent Living Disability," 7.3 percent.

Full-Time/Full-Year employment of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) by disability status in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
No Disability 55.1 0.80 1,132,000 20,740 2,053,300 19,560
Any Disability 22.7 1.75 68,000 5,930 300,000 2,901
Visual 28.8 4.46 15,600 2,860 54,200 488
Hearing 35.1 4.28 22,900 3,460 65,300 639
Ambulatory 15.0 2.24 19,900 3,230 132,900 1,324
Cognitive 13.7 2.16 18,100 3,080 132,500 1,275
Self-Care 8.3 2.81 4,200 1,480 50,400 508
Independent Living 7.3 1.88 7,300 1,960 100,200 1,039

Annual Earnings (Full-Time / Full-Year workers)

Introduction

This section examines the median annual earnings of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities who work full-time/full-year in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the median earnings of working-age people with disabilities who worked full-time/full-year in OR was $37,000.
  • In 2016, the median earnings of working-age people without disabilities who worked full-time/full-year in OR was $45,300.
  • The difference in the median earnings between working-age people with and without disabilities who worked full-time/full-year was $8,300.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest annual earnings was for people with "Hearing Disability," $40,300. The lowest annual earnings was for people with "Self-Care Disability," $30,200.

Caution: Estimate based on small sample size (less than 40 individuals).

Median annual earnings of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) who work full-time/full-year by disability status in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Median Earnings MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
No Disability $45,300 $980 1,132,000 10,798
Any Disability $37,000 $3,410 68,000 615
Visual $32,200 $6,140 16,000 142
Hearing $40,300 $6,870 23,000 208
Ambulatory $38,300 $6,130 20,000 183
Cognitive $36,300 $4,780 18,000 147
Self-Care $30,200 $8,130 4,000 35
Independent Living $35,700 $7,000 7,000 63

Caution: Estimate based on small sample size (less than 40 individuals).

Annual Household Income

Introduction

This section illustrates the median annual income* of households that include any working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the median income of households that include any working-age people with disabilities in OR was $45,300.
  • In 2016, the median income of households that do not include any working-age people with disabilities in OR was $68,500.
  • The difference in the median income between households including and not including working-age people with disabilities was $23,200.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest median income was for households including persons with a "Hearing Disability," $56,400. The lowest median income was for households containing persons with a "Independent Living Disability" $38,300.

* Note: Household income is not available for persons living in group quarters.

Median annual income* of households including any working-age people (ages 21 to 64) by disability status in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Median H.H. Income MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
No Disability $68,500 $1,820 995,000 9,984
Any Disability $45,300 2,970 231,000 2,307
Visual $44,700 6,180 46,000 414
Hearing $56,400 6,340 59,000 584
Ambulatory $38,800 3,980 110,000 1,114
Cognitive $38,600 4,150 103,000 1,009
Self-Care $39,200 6,670 42,000 415
Independent Living $38,300 4,880 80,000 846

* Note: Household income is not available for persons living in group quarters.

Poverty

Introduction

This section examines the poverty rates* of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the poverty rate of working-age people with disabilities in OR was 27.1 percent.
  • In 2016, the poverty rate of working-age people without disabilities in OR was 11.0 percent.
  • The difference in the poverty rate between working-age people with and without disabilities was 16.1 percentage points.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest poverty rate was for people with "Independent Living Disability," 34.4 percent. The lowest poverty rate was for people with "Hearing Disability," 19.8 percent.

* Note: The Census Bureau does not calculate poverty status for those people living in military group quarters or college dormitories.

Poverty rates* of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) by disability status in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
No Disability 11.0 0.68 224,600 14,330 2,049,300 19,472
Any Disability 27.1 2.53 81,100 8,770 299,700 2,893
Visual 28.3 6.02 15,300 3,840 54,100 484
Hearing 19.8 4.85 12,900 3,520 65,200 635
Ambulatory 30.7 3.93 40,800 6,250 132,900 1,324
Cognitive 33.9 4.05 44,800 6,550 132,300 1,271
Self-Care 33.0 6.51 16,700 4,010 50,400 508
Independent Living 34.4 4.67 34,400 5,740 100,200 1,039

* Note: The Census Bureau does not calculate poverty status for those people living in military group quarters or college dormitories.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Introduction

This section focuses on the percentage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary. Please note that these results will differ from official Social Security Administration reports for several reasons. For additional information, please email DisabilityStatistics@cornell.edu.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income payments in OR was 16.6 percent.
  • In 2016, the number of working-age people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income payments in OR was 49,700.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest percentage that received SSI was people with "Independent Living Disability," 28.6 percent. The lowest percentage that received SSI was people with "Hearing Disability," 7.9 percent.

Percentage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
Any Disability 16.6 1.56 49,700 5,080 300,000 2,901
Visual 13.6 3.37 7,400 1,970 54,200 488
Hearing 7.9 2.42 5,100 1,640 65,300 639
Ambulatory 19.5 2.49 25,900 3,670 132,900 1,324
Cognitive 23.3 2.66 30,800 4,010 132,500 1,275
Self-Care 27.8 4.57 14,000 2,710 50,400 508
Independent Living 28.6 3.27 28,700 3,870 100,200 1,039

Education

High School Diploma/Equivalent

Introduction

This section explores the percentage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities with only a high school diploma or equivalent in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities with only a high school diploma or equivalent in OR was 28.4 percent.
  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age people without disabilities with only a high school diploma or equivalent in OR was 21.3 percent.
  • The difference in the percentage with only a high school diploma or equivalent between working-age people with and without disabilities was 7.1 percentage points.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest percentage with only a high school diploma or equivalent was for people with "Independent Living Disability," 32.5 percent. The lowest percentage with only a high school diploma or equivalent was for people with "Visual Disability," 23.5 percent.

Percentage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with only a high school diploma or equivalent by disability status in OR in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
No Disability 21.3 0.65 437,300 14,320 2,053,300 19,560
Any Disability 28.4 1.89 85,100 6,620 300,000 2,901
Visual 23.5 4.17 12,700 2,580 54,200 488
Hearing 27.2 3.99 17,700 3,040 65,300 639
Ambulatory 27.7 2.81 36,800 4,370 132,900 1,324
Cognitive 31.0 2.91 41,100 4,620 132,500 1,275
Self-Care 30.6 4.70 15,500 2,840 50,400 508
Independent Living 32.5 3.39 32,600 4,120 100,200 1,039

Education

Some College/Associate's Degree

Introduction

This section examines the percentage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities with only some college or an Associate's degree in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities with only some college or an Associate's degree in OR was 40.7 percent.
  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age people without disabilities with only some college or an Associate's degree in OR was 35.6 percent.
  • The difference in the percentage with only some college or an Associate's degree between working-age people with and without disabilities was -5.1 percentage points.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest percentage with only some college or an Associate's degree was for people with "Hearing Disability," 45.0 percent. The lowest percentage with only some college or Associate's degree was for people with "Self-Care Disability," 33.8 percent.

Percentage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with only some college or an Associate's degree by disability status in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
No Disability 35.6 0.77 731,900 17,760 2,053,300 19,560
Any Disability 40.7 2.06 122,000 7,880 300,000 2,901
Visual 37.0 4.75 20,100 3,240 54,200 488
Hearing 45.0 4.46 29,400 3,910 65,300 639
Ambulatory 42.4 3.11 56,400 5,400 132,900 1,324
Cognitive 39.0 3.07 51,600 5,170 132,500 1,275
Self-Care 33.8 4.83 17,000 2,990 50,400 508
Independent Living 35.3 3.46 35,300 4,290 100,200 1,039

Education

Bachelor's Degree or More

Introduction

This section presents the percentage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities with a Bachelor's degree or more in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities with a Bachelor's degree or more in OR was 15.2 percent.
  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age people without disabilities with a Bachelor's degree or more in OR was 34.8 percent.
  • The difference in the percentage with a Bachelor's degree or more between working-age people with and without disabilities was 19.6 percentage points.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest percentage with a Bachelor's degree or more was for people with "Visual Disability," 19.8 percent. The lowest percentage with a Bachelor's degree or more was for people with "Ambulatory Disability," 11.7 percent.

Percentage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with a Bachelor's degree or more by disability status in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
No Disability 34.8 0.76 714,100 17,590 2,053,300 19,560
Any Disability 15.2 1.50 45,500 4,860 300,000 2,901
Visual 19.8 3.92 10,700 2,370 54,200 488
Hearing 16.6 3.34 10,900 2,380 65,300 639
Ambulatory 11.7 2.02 15,500 2,850 132,900 1,324
Cognitive 11.7 2.02 15,500 2,850 132,500 1,275
Self-Care 12.5 3.37 6,300 1,820 50,400 508
Independent Living 13.0 2.43 13,000 2,610 100,200 1,039

Veterans Service-Connected Disability Rating

Introduction

This section presents the percentage of non-institutionalized working-age (ages 21 to 64) civilian veterans reporting a service-connected disability rating in Oregon. The 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) asks if the veteran has a service-connected disability, and if so, what their rating is (0-100%). A "service-connected" disability is one that has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as being a result of disease or injury incurred or aggravated during military service. Note that a veteran can receive disability compensation for a wide range of conditions, and a veteran with a service-connected disability may not report having one of the six ACS functional or activity limitation disabilities. For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, there were 138,000 working-age civilian veterans in OR, of whom 39,100 had a VA service-connected disability.
  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age civilian veterans in OR with a VA service-connected disability was 28.3 percent.
  • In 2016, 12,100 working-age civilian veterans in OR had the most severe service-connected disability rating (70 percent or above).
  • In 2016, 31.0 percent of the working-age civilian veterans in OR who had a service connected disability had a service-connected disability rating of 70 percent or above.

Disability rating of working-age civilian veterans (ages 21 to 64) with a service-connected disability in Oregon in 2016

Service-Connected Disability Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
Has a service-connected disability rating (0-100%) 28.3 2.78 39,100 4,510 138,000 1,400
Disability rating of veterans with a service connected-disability
0 percent 3.3 2.07 1,300 820 39,100 398
10 or 20 percent 31.7 5.39 12,400 2,540 39,100 398
30 or 40 percent 18.1 4.46 7,100 1,930 39,100 398
50 or 60 percent 11.1 3.64 4,300 1,510 39,100 398
70 percent or higher 31.0 5.36 12,100 2,520 39,100 398
Rating not reported 4.8 2.48 1,900 990 39,100 398

Health Insurance Coverage

Introduction

This section examines the health insurance coverage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, 92.5 percent of working-age people with disabilities in OR had some type of health insurance coverage.
  • In 2016, 91.1 percent of working-age people without disabilities in OR had some type of health insurance coverage.
  • The difference in the health insurance coverage rate between working-age people with and without disabilities was 1.4 percentage points.
  • Among the six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest health insurance coverage rate was for people with "Independent Living Disability," 95.0 percent. The lowest health insurance coverage rate was for people with "Visual Disability," 91.7 percent.

Health Insurance Coverage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) by disability status in Oregon in 2016

Disability Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
No Disability 91.1 0.59 1,869,600 29,690 2,053,300 19,560
Any Disability 92.5 1.42 277,500 14,980 300,000 2,901
Visual 91.7 3.49 49,700 6,530 54,200 488
Hearing 92.6 3.02 60,400 7,190 65,300 639
Ambulatory 92.6 2.12 123,100 10,180 132,900 1,324
Cognitive 93.0 2.07 123,300 10,190 132,500 1,275
Self-Care 94.7 2.94 47,800 6,400 50,400 508
Independent Living 95.0 2.03 95,200 8,980 100,200 1,039

Type of Health Insurance Coverage

Introduction

This section examines the type of health insurance coverage for non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities in Oregon, using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Note that people can report more than one type of insurance coverage. For definitions of terms, see Glossary.

Quick Statistics

  • In 2016, 34.1 percent of working-age people with disabilities in OR reported health insurance coverage through a current or former employer or union (theirs or another family member).
  • In 2016, 64.3 percent of working-age people without disabilities in OR reported health insurance coverage through a current or former employer or union (theirs or another family member).
  • In 2016, 10.9 percent of working-age people with disabilities in OR reported purchasing health insurance coverage directly from an insurance company (by themselves or another family member).
  • In 2016, 20.5 percent of working-age people with disabilities in OR reported Medicare coverage and 46.8 percent reported Medicaid coverage (or other government-assistance plan for those with low incomes or a disability).

Type of Health Insurance Coverage of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) by disability status in Oregon in 2016

Disability Status/ Insurance Type Percent MOE Number MOE Base Pop. Sample Size
Any Disability
Uninsured 7.5 1.42 22,500 4,400 300,000 2,901
Employer/Union 34.1 2.55 102,200 9,300 300,000 2,901
Purchased 10.9 1.68 32,600 5,300 300,000 2,901
Medicare 20.5 2.17 61,500 7,250 300,000 2,901
Medicaid 46.8 2.68 140,400 10,850 300,000 2,901
Military/VA 8.4 1.49 25,100 4,650 300,000 2,901
Indian Health Service 1.1 3.29 3,400 1,720 300,000 2,901
No Disability
Uninsured 8.9 0.59 183,700 12,340 2,053,300 19,560
Employer/Union 64.3 0.99 1,319,500 27,860 2,053,300 19,560
Purchased 13.4 0.70 275,600 14,940 2,053,300 19,560
Medicare 1.7 3.29 34,300 5,430 2,053,300 19,560
Medicaid 16.2 0.76 332,200 16,280 2,053,300 19,560
Military/VA 2.6 0.33 53,900 6,790 2,053,300 19,560
Indian Health Service 0.7 3.29 14,000 3,480 2,053,300 19,560

Glossary

Actively Looking for Work

A person is defined as ACTIVELY looking for work if he or she reports looking for work during the last four weeks.

Ambulatory Disability

This disability type is based on the question (asked of persons ages 5 or older): Does this person have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?

Base Population (Base Pop.)

The estimated number of individuals upon which the calculation is based. (For percentages, this is the denominator).

Cognitive Disability

This disability type is based on the question (asked of persons ages 5 or older): Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?

Disability and Disability Types

The ACS definition of disability is based on six questions. A person is coded as having a disability if he or she or a proxy respondent answers affirmatively for one or more of these six categories.

  • Hearing Disability (asked of all ages): Is this person deaf or does he/she have serious difficulty hearing?
  • Visual Disability (asked of all ages): Is this person blind or does he/she have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses?
  • Cognitive Disability (asked of persons ages 5 or older): Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?
  • Ambulatory Disability (asked of persons ages 5 or older): Does this person have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?
  • Self-care Disability (asked of persons ages 5 or older): Does this person have difficulty dressing or bathing?
  • Independent Living Disability (asked of persons ages 15 or older): Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping?

Earnings

Earnings are defined as wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, or tips from all jobs including self-employment income (NET income after business expenses) from own nonfarm businesses or farm businesses, including proprietorships and partnerships.

Education

Our definition is based on the responses to the question: "What is the highest degree or level of school this person has completed? If currently enrolled, mark the previous grade or highest degree received." Our category "high school diploma/equivalent" includes those marking the ACS option "Regular high school diploma — GED or alternative credential." Our category "Some college/Associate's degree" includes those marking the ACS options: some college credit, but less than 1 year of college credit; one or more years of college credit but no degree, or "Associate's degree (for example: AA, AS)." Our category "a Bachelor's or more" includes those marking the ACS options: "Bachelor's degree (for example: BA, BS)"; "Master's degree (for example: MA, MS, MEng, MEd, MSW, MBA)"; "Professional degree (for example: MD, DDS, DVM, LLB, JD)"; or "Doctorate degree (for example: PhD, EdD)." Note in 2008 changes were made to some of the response categories and the layout of this question.

Employment

A person is considered employed if he or she is either

  1. “at work”: those who did any work at all during the reference week as a paid employee (worked in his or her own business or profession, worked on his or her own farm, or worked 15 or more hours as an unpaid worker on a family farm or business) or
  2. “with a job but not at work”: had a job but temporarily did not work at that job during the reference week due to illness, bad weather, industrial dispute, vacation or other personal reasons. The reference week is defined as the week preceding the date the questionnaire was completed.

Employment Rate

The employment rate is calculated by dividing the number of persons employed by the number of persons in that population.

** Note that the unemployment rate cannot be calculated using the employment rate:

  • The employment rate is the percentage of all persons who have a job.
  • The unemployment rate is the percentage of persons in the labor force who do not have a job but are actively looking for work. The labor force includes people who have a job, are on layoff, or who actively searched for work in the last four weeks.

Please see http://www.disabilitystatistics.org/faq.cfm#Q6 for more information on unemployment rate calculation and its implications.

Full-Time/Full-Year Employment

A person is considered employed full-time/full-year if he or she worked 35 hours or more per week (full-time) and 50 or more weeks per year (full-year). The reference period is defined as the year preceding the date the questionnaire was completed. Note: this does not signify whether a person is eligible for fringe benefits. The question and response categories regarding weeks worked per year was changed in 2008.

Group Quarters (GQ)

A GQ is a place where people live or stay that is normally owned or managed by an entity or organization providing housing and/or services for the residents. These services may include custodial or medical care as well as other types of assistance, and residency is commonly restricted to those receiving these services. People living in group quarters are usually not related to each other. Group quarters include such places as college residence halls, residential treatment centers, skilled nursing facilities, group homes, military barracks, correctional facilities, and workers' dormitories. See the definitions of institutional GQs and non-institutional GQs for more information. In addition, a description of the types of group quarters included in the 2008 ACS is located on the U.S. Census Bureau's Web site at www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/
2008_ACS_GQ_Definitions.pdf
.

Health Insurance Coverage

Is based on the following question: Is this person CURRENTLY covered by any of the following types of health insurance or health coverage plans? Mark "Yes" or "No" for EACH type of coverage in items a – h.

  1. Insurance through a current or former employer or union (of this person or another family member)
  2. Insurance purchased directly from an insurance company (by this person or another family member)
  3. Medicare, for people 65 and older, or people with certain disabilities
  4. Medicaid, Medical Assistance, or any kind of government-assistance plan for those with low incomes or a disability
  5. VA (including those who have ever used or enrolled for VA health care)
  6. TRICARE or other military health care
  7. Indian Health Service
  8. Any other type of health insurance or health coverage plan – Specify (Note: “Other type” were recoded into one of the categories a-g by the Census Bureau)

Hearing Disability

This disability type is based on the question (asked of all ages): Is this person deaf or does he/she have serious difficulty hearing?

Hispanic or Latino Origin

People of Hispanic or Latino origin are those who classify themselves in a specific Hispanic or Latino category in response to the question, "Is this person Spanish/Hispanic/Latino?" Specifically, those of Hispanic or Latino origin are those who are Cuban; Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano; Puerto Rican; or other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino. Origin may be the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person's parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States. People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race.

Household Income

Household Income is defined as the total income of a household including: wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, or tips from all jobs; self-employment income (NET income after business expenses) from own non-farm or farm businesses, including proprietorships and partnerships; interest, dividends, net rental income, royalty income, or income from real estates and trusts; Social Security or Railroad Retirement; Supplemental Security Income; any public assistance or welfare payments from the state or local welfare office; retirement, survivor or disability pensions; and any other regularly received income (e.g., Veterans' payments, unemployment compensation, child support or alimony). Median household income is calculated with the household as the unit of analysis, using household weights without adjusting for household size.

Independent Living Disability

This disability type is based on the question (asked of persons ages 15 or older): Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctors office or shopping?

Institutional Group Quarters (GQs)

Includes facilities for people under formally authorized, supervised care or custody at the time of enumeration. Generally, restricted to the institution, under the care or supervision of trained staff, and classified as "patients" or "inmates." Includes: correctional, nursing, and in-patient hospice facilities, psychiatric hospitals, juvenile group homes and residential treatment centers.

Margin of Error (MOE)

Data, such as data from the American Community Survey, is based on a sample, and therefore statistics derived from this data are subject to sampling variability. The margin of error (MOE) is a measure of the degree of sampling variability. In a random sample, the degree of sampling variation is determined by the underlying variability of the phenomena being estimated (e.g., income) and the size of the sample (i.e., the number of survey participants used to calculate the statistic). The smaller the margin of error, the lower the sampling variability and the more "precise" the estimate. A margin of error is the difference between an estimate and its upper or lower confidence bounds. Confidence bounds are calculated by adding the MOE to the estimate (upper bound) and subtracting the MOE from the estimate (lower bound). All margins of error in this report are based on a 90 percent confidence level. This means that there is a 90% certainty that the actual value lies somewhere between the upper and lower confidence bounds.

Non-Institutional Group Quarters (GQs)

Includes facilities that are not classified as institutional group quarters; such as college/university housing, group homes intended for adults, residential treatment facilities for adults, workers' group living quarters and Job Corps centers and religious group quarters.

Not Working but Actively Looking for Work

A person is defined as not working but actively looking for work if he or she reports not being employed, but has been looking for work during the last four weeks.

Number

This term appears in the tables; it refers to estimated number of people in the category. (for percentages, this is the numerator).

Poverty

The poverty measure is computed based upon the standards defined in Directive 14 from the Office of Management and Budget. These standards use poverty thresholds created in 1982 and index these thresholds to 2008 dollars using poverty factors based upon the Consumer Price Index. They use the family as the income sharing unit and family income is the sum of total income from each family member living in the household. The poverty threshold depends upon the size of the family; the age of the householder; and the number of related children under the age of 18.

Race

Race categories are based on the question, "[w]hat is this person's race? Mark (X) one or more races to indicate what this person considers himself/herself to be." Responses include the following: White; Black or African-American; American Indian or Alaska Native (print name of enrolled or principal tribe); Asian Indian; Chinese; Filipino; Japanese; Korean; Vietnamese; Other Asian (Print Race); Native Hawaiian; Guamanian or Chamarro; Samoan; Other Pacific Islander (Print Race Below); Some other race (print race below). "Other race" also contains people who report more than one race.

Sample Size

The number of survey participants used to calculate the statistic.

Self-care Disability

This disability type is based on the question (asked of persons ages 5 or older): 17c. Does this person have difficulty dressing or bathing?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

A person is defined as receiving SSI payments if he or she reports receiving (SSI) income in the 12 months prior to the survey.

Note: The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not apply to Puerto Rico. SSI is a federal cash assistance program that provides monthly payments to low-income aged, blind, or disabled persons in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Veteran Service-Connected Disability

A disease or injury determined to have occurred in or to have been aggravated by military service. A disability is evaluated according to the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities in Title 38, CFR, and Part 4. Extent of disability is expressed as a percentage from 0% (for conditions that exist but are not disabling to a compensable degree) to 100%, in increments of 10%. This information was determined by the following two part question:

  1. Does this person have a VA service-connected disability rating?
    Yes (such as 0%, 10%, 20%, ... , 100%)
    No SKIP to question 28a
  2. What is this person’s service-connected disability rating?”
    Responses included: 0 percent; 10 or 20 percent; 30 or 40 percent; 50 or 60 percent; 70 percent or higher

Visual Disability

This disability type is based on the question:(asked of all ages): Is this person blind or does he/she have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses?

About the Disability Status Reports

The Cornell University Disability Status Reports is produced and funded by the Yang Tan Institute at the Cornell University ILR School. This effort originated as a product of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics (StatsRRTC) funded to the Yang Tan Institute in the ILR School at Cornell University by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (grant No. H133B031111).

The contents of this report do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government (Edgar, 75.620 (b)).

 

Contact Us

K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan
Institute on Employment and Disability
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853
Phone: 607.255.7727
Email: disabilitystatistics@cornell.edu
Web: www.disabilitystatistics.org