The measures for this category using the American Community Survey(ACS), the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (2008-2010), and various federal and state data sets. This measure uses the proportion of persons who reported being limited in any activities because of physical, mental, or emotional problems, or reported that they required use of special equipment (such as a cane, a wheelchair, a special bed, or a special telephone) due to a health problem. The data is from 2010, which provides the most complete numbers for disabilities in Midland County and Michigan and include demographics for Midland and Michigan. Most of the newer data are estimates based on surveys.
Why This Indicator is Important
Communities that recognize the specific limitations and needs of their citizens are more likely to develop adequate community support services, and are more likely to seek and receive additional state and federal support when necessary. Such communities are more likely to ensure that all citizens have equal access to appropriate and necessary facilities and services.
How Are We Doing?
- 1.6% of 18-64 Midland County residents (51,148 total persons) reported a self-care disability (2.2% in Michigan and 1.8% in the US).
- 3.6% of 18-64 Midland County residents (51,148 total persons) reported having an independent living difficulty (4.3% in Michigan and 3.4% in the US).
- 7.5% of 65+ Midland County residents (12,050 total persons) reported a self-care disability (8.4% in Michigan and 8.8% in the US).
- 14% of 65+ Midland County residents (12,050 total persons) reported having an independent living difficulty (16.3% in Michigan and 16.4% in the US).
- 15.7% (27,800) of persons ages 5-20 in the Midland/Bay County Block reported having a disability (15.8% for Michigan)