Population with Any Disability

This indicator reports the percentage of the total civilian non-institutionalized population with a disability. This indicator is relevant because disabled individuals comprise a vulnerable population that requires targeted services and outreach by providers.

Report Area Total Population (For Whom Disability Status is Determined) Total Population with a Disability Percent Population with a Disability
Franklin County, PA 150,972 18,577 12.3 %
Pennsylvania 12,575,088 1,696,250 13.49%
United States 311,516,332 38,601,898 12.39%
Note: This indicator is compared with the state average.
Data Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 2011-15. Source geography: Tract

Population with Any Disability by Gender
Report Area Total Male Total Female Percent Male Percent Female
Franklin County, PA 9,239 9,338 12.49% 12.12%
Pennsylvania 800,964 895,286 13.11% 13.85%
United States 18,587,228 20,014,670 12.22% 12.56%
Population with Any Disability by Age Group, Percent
Report Area Under Age 18 Age 18 - 64 Age 65 +
Franklin County, PA 3.35% 10.25% 31.07%
Pennsylvania 5.11% 10.98% 34.66%
United States 4.1% 10.27% 36.02%
Population with Any Disability by Age Group, Total
Report Area Under Age 18 Age 18 - 64 Age 65 +
Franklin County, PA 1,176 9,165 8,236
Pennsylvania 138,758 862,720 694,772
United States 3,013,318 19,985,588 15,602,992
Population with Any Disability by Ethnicity Alone
Report Area Total Hispanic / Latino Total Not Hispanic / Latino Percent Hispanic / Latino Percent Not Hispanic / Latino
Franklin County, PA 710 17,867 9.73% 12.44%
Pennsylvania 109,600 1,586,650 1.7% 13.47%
United States 4,647,776 33,954,122 2.92% 13.16%
Population with Any Disability by Race Alone, Percent
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 12.42% 9.89% 40.44% 8.38% 54.84% 14.53% 6.76%
Pennsylvania 13.43% 15.85% 24.15% 6.27% 22.15% 14.69% 12.44%
United States 12.83% 13.94% 16.49% 6.74% 10.02% 7.99% 10.96%
Population with Any Disability by Race Alone, Total
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 17,458 546 148 131 17 155 122
Pennsylvania 1,382,952 212,823 5,471 24,555 937 36,301 33,211
United States 29,469,861 5,387,115 412,973 1,088,575 53,484 1,172,064 1,017,826
Website Updated December 11 2017 Site Reviewed January 05 2018

Population with Any Disability

Data Background

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data. The ACS samples nearly 3 million addresses each year, resulting in nearly 2 million final interviews. The ACS replaces the long-form decennial census; however, the number of household surveys reported annually for the ACS is significantly less than the number reported in the long-form decennial census. As a result, the ACS combines detailed population and housing data from multiple years to produce reliable estimates for small counties, neighborhoods, and other local areas. Negotiating between timeliness and accuracy, the ACS annually releases current, one-year estimates for geographic areas with large populations; three-year and five-year estimates are also released each year for additional areas based on minimum population thresholds.

Citation: U.S. Census Bureau: A Compass for Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data (2008).

For more information about this source, including data collection methodology and definitions, refer to the American Community Survey website.


Counts of population subgroups and total area population data are acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). Data represent estimates for the 5 year period 2011-2015. Mapped data are summarized to 2010 census tract boundaries. Disability status is classified in the ACS according to yes/no responses to questions (17 - 19) about six types of disability concepts. For children under 5 years old, hearing and vision difficulty are used to determine disability status. For children between the ages of 5 and 14, disability status is determined from hearing, vision, cognitive, ambulatory, and self-care difficulties. For people aged 15 years and older, they are considered to have a disability if they have difficulty with any one of the six difficulty types. Indicator statistics are measured as a percentage of the total universe (non-institutionalized) population using the following formula:
Percentage = [Subgroup Population] / [Total Population] * 100

For more information on the data reported in the American Community Survey, please see the complete American Community Survey 2015 Subject Definitions.


Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) are collected as two separate categories in the American Community Survey (ACS) based on methods established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1997. Indicator race and ethnicity statistics are generated from self-identified survey responses. Using the OMB standard, the available race categories in the ACS are: White, Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, and Other. An ACS survey respondent may identify as one race alone, or may choose multiple races. Respondents selecting multiple categories are racially identified as “Two or More Races”. The minimum ethnicity categories are: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino. Respondents may only choose one ethnicity. All social and economic data are reported in the ACS public use files by race alone, ethnicity alone, and for the white non-Hispanic population.

Data Limitations
Beginning in 2006, the population in group quarters (GQ) was included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations have age and sex distributions that are very different from the household population. The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on demographic distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population (like areas with military bases, colleges, or jails)..

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, October 2017