Local Disability Data for Planners

A Planning Resource for County and State Data

Guide to Sources of Disability Data For States and Localities

The American Community Survey (ACS) is the only national survey that provides state and local planners with disability information for counties, cities, and smaller geographic areas. The ACS is the source for the information used in the population and housing tables on this website. There are other important national surveys that also contribute to information on disability. Some of those important sources are summarized in the first table here. Follow the “Learn More” links for information on each survey, including the questions used.

The second table includes several other disability statistics websites where state and/or local disability estimates based on the ACS and other surveys are published.

Sources for disability statistics for local planners

What is Available at the Local Level for Disability Statistics?
Data Source State Level Data? Local Level Data?

American Community Survey (ACS)
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Yes Yes

Current Population Survey (CPS)
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Yes No

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
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No No

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
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Yes Yes

Useful summary data from these sources

Useful Summary Data Derived From Some of These Sources
Data Source State Level Data? Local Level Data?

Cornell University Disability Statistics

Yes No

PASCenter.org

Yes Yes

Institute for Community Inclusion
StateData.info

Yes No