2009 American Community Survey Disability Statistics
San Antonio Population Ages 18 to 64
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an on-going nationwide survey providing communities with current information on demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics. Fully implemented in 2005 as part of the Census Bureau’s reengineered census program, the ACS collects and analyzes data yearly instead of every ten years.
According to the American Community Survey, in 2009, of the 818,366 individuals ages 18 to 64 years living in the community:
- 20,528 individuals (or 2.5%) reported to have a hearing disability,
- 18,282 individuals (or 2.3%) reported to have a vision disability,
- 43,718 individuals (or 5.3%) reported to have a cognitive disability,
- 52,049 individuals (or 6.4%) reported to have an ambulatory disability,
- 20,411 individuals (or 2.3%) reported to have a self-care disability, and
- 37,893 individuals (or 4.5%) reported to have an independent living disability.
Data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability.
The ACS identifies people with disabilities by asking respondents questions pertaining to the following areas of functioning:
- Hearing – deaf or serious difficulty hearing.
- Vision - blind or serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses.
- Cognitive – serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions due to a physical, mental, or emotional condition.
- Ambulatory – serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
- Self-Care – difficulty dressing or bathing.
- Independent Living – serious difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping, due to a physical, mental, or emotional condition
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey