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RTC:Rural, University of Montana

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Demography, Population, and Ecology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology


This map of the United States shows rates of independent living difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 0.0% to 23%. Rates of independent living difficulty appear to be higher (9.31-23%) in the Appalachia region (particularly along the Kentucky-West Virginia border) and throughout the South, northern Michigan, northern Maine, New Mexico, northern California, parts of Oregon. Rates appear to be lowest (0.0-9.3%) in Alaska, the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions, northern Nevada, Wyoming and Utah.

This map is part of the Disability in America Map Series.

The information used to create this map came from the American Community Survey. To browse the data these maps were created with, use our Disability Counts Data Finder tool.


disability rate, Disability in America, map series, map, disability counts, disability, geography, self-management, independent living, IL, independent living difficulty


© 2017 RTC: Rural

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National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research


Our research is supported by grant # 90RTC50250100 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research within the Administration on Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents and opinions expressed reflect those of the author(s), are not necessarily those of the funding agency, and should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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