Community & Work Disparities
A Program of the ADA Participatory Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC)

Click to skip over table of contents

Percentage of Total Population Receiving SSDI, 2016

We used data from the Social Security Administration to identify the percent of SSDI recipients of people living in the community. This measure allows us to see that across the country, about 4.7% of the population receives SSDI, with of a low of 2.8% in Alaska and Hawaii, and a high of 8.8% in West Virginia. This measure is important because it indicates the percentage of the population receiving SSDI benefits.

Click to skip over US state map to equivalent table

Percentage of Total Population Receiving SSDI Color coded map of the United States.  States have been grouped into four quartile ranges. The first quartile ranges from 2.8% to 3.9% and includes the states Alaska, California, Colorado, Washington DC, Hawaii, Maryland, North Dakota, New Jersey, Nevada, Texas & Utah.  The second quartile ranges from 4.0% to 4.6% and includes the states Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington & Wyoming.  The third quartile ranges from 4.7% to 6.0% and includes the states Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, United States & Wisconsin.  The fourth quartile ranges from 6.1% to 8.8% and includes the states Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont & West Virginia. Alaska, 2.8% Alabama, 8.3% Arkansas, 8.3% Arizona, 4.0% California, 3.0% Colorado, 3.1% Connecticut, 4.0% Washington DC, 3.2% Delaware, 5.0% Florida, 4.8% Georgia, 4.7% Hawaii, 2.8% Iowa, 4.6% Idaho, 4.8% Illinois, 4.0% Indiana, 5.6% Kansas, 4.6% Kentucky, 8.0% Louisiana, 6.1% Massachusetts, 5.1% Maryland, 3.7% Maine, 7.7% Michigan, 6.2% Minnesota, 4.0% Missouri, 6.3% Mississippi, 7.8% Montana, 4.7% North Carolina, 5.5% North Dakota, 3.3% Nebraska, 4.0% New Hampshire, 6.1% New Jersey, 3.9% New Mexico, 5.5% Nevada, 3.8% New York, 4.4% Ohio, 5.5% Oklahoma, 5.7% Oregon, 4.6% Pennsylvania, 5.6% Rhode Island, 6.0% South Carolina, 6.2% South Dakota, 4.1% Tennessee, 6.5% Texas, 3.5% Utah, 2.9% Virginia, 4.3% Vermont, 6.2% Wisconsin, 5.0% West Virginia, 8.8% Wyoming, 4.0%
  •  

Data source. 2016, Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2016, Table 8.
Calculation. Total number of SSDI recipients divided by the total population
Note. Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) is a federal program that provides cash benefits to individuals who cannot work because of a disability or other long-term medical condition and who have acquired social security credits, or are able to use their parents

Percentage of Total Population Receiving SSDI by region

Percentage of Total Population Receiving SSDI by Region
RegionPercentage of Total Population Receiving SSDI
US4.7%
Alaska2.8%
Alabama8.3%
Arkansas8.3%
Arizona4.0%
California3.0%
Colorado3.1%
Connecticut4.0%
District of Columbia3.2%
Delaware5.0%
Florida4.8%
Georgia4.7%
Hawaii2.8%
Iowa4.6%
Idaho4.8%
Illinois4.0%
Indiana5.6%
Percentage of Total Population Receiving SSDI by Region
RegionPercentage of Total Population Receiving SSDI
Kansas4.6%
Kentucky8.0%
Louisiana6.1%
Massachusetts5.1%
Maryland3.7%
Maine7.7%
Michigan6.2%
Minnesota4.0%
Missouri6.3%
Mississippi7.8%
Montana4.7%
North Carolina5.5%
North Dakota3.3%
Nebraska4.0%
New Hampshire6.1%
New Jersey3.9%
New Mexico5.5%
Percentage of Total Population Receiving SSDI by Region
RegionPercentage of Total Population Receiving SSDI
Nevada3.8%
New York4.4%
Ohio5.5%
Oklahoma5.7%
Oregon4.6%
Pennsylvania5.6%
Rhode Island6.0%
South Carolina6.2%
South Dakota4.1%
Tennessee6.5%
Texas3.5%
Utah2.9%
Virginia4.3%
Vermont6.2%
Washington4.2%
Wisconsin5.0%
West Virginia8.8%
Wyoming4.0%