Community & Work Disparities
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Percentage of People with and without Disabilities Age 25 and Above with Less than a High School Diploma, 2016

Education is an indicator that represents participation of people with disabilities. These maps show educational attainment of people with and without disabilities who are aged 25 and over. The data show that the percentage of people with disabilities with less than a high school diploma is lower than the percentage of people without disabilities. The U.S average percentage of people with disabilities with less than a high school diploma is 23.0% with a range of 13.0% in Utah to 29.8% in Mississippi, while the percentage of people without disabilities with less than a high school diploma is 10.8% with a range of 5.4% in Montana to 16.2% in California for people without disabilities.

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With Disabilities with Less than a High School Diploma This is the first of two color coded maps of the United States.  States have been grouped into four quartile ranges. The first quartile ranges from 3.0% to 9.4%. There are no states in this quartile because the quartiles are shared between two maps.  The second quartile ranges from 9.5% to 15.5% and includes the states Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Utah & Wyoming.  The third quartile ranges from 15.6% to 21.6% and includes the states Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington & Wisconsin.  The fourth quartile ranges from 21.7% to 43.2% and includes the states Alabama, Arkansas, California, Washington DC, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia & United States. With Disabilities with Less than a High School Diploma Albuquerque 18.7Anchorage 16.2Asheville 16.8Austin 20.3Baltimore 30.7Baton Rouge 24.4Birmingham 23.5Boise 12.8Chicago 31.4Columbia 23.2Columbus 22.8Denver 21.4Detroit 30.6Fresno 35.6Gastonia 29.6Greensboro 22Houston 29.8Indianapolis 24.4Lansing 21.3Las Vegas 20.3Little Rock 17.2Memphis 26.6Milwaukee 31.3Milwaukee 31.3Minneapolis 24.2Missoula 10.2Montgomery 27.3Nashville 24.5New Orleans 28.7Oakland 32Phoenix 23.6Pittsburgh 18.7Portland 17.8Raleigh 14.9Richmond 29.1Riverside 26.3Sacramento 26.5Salt Lake City 15.6San Francisco 29Santa Barbara 21.9Seattle 15.5Spokane 16.2St. Petersburg 19.4Tacoma 19.2Tampa 25.1Tucson 21.5Tulsa 17.5Urban Honolulu CDP 20.7Washington 23.8 Without Disabilities with Less than a High School Diploma This is the second of two color coded maps of the United States.  States have been grouped into four quartile ranges. The first quartile ranges from 3.0% to 9.4% and includes the states Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin & Wyoming.  The second quartile ranges from 9.5% to 15.5% and includes the states Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia & United States.  The third quartile ranges from 15.6% to 21.6% and includes the states California & Texas.  The fourth quartile ranges from 21.7% to 43.2%. There are no states in this quartile because the quartiles are shared between two maps. Without Disabilities with Less than a High School Diploma Albuquerque 18.7Anchorage 16.2Asheville 16.8Austin 20.3Baltimore 30.7Baton Rouge 24.4Birmingham 23.5Boise 12.8Chicago 31.4Columbia 23.2Columbus 22.8Denver 21.4Detroit 30.6Fresno 35.6Gastonia 29.6Greensboro 22Houston 29.8Indianapolis 24.4Lansing 21.3Las Vegas 20.3Little Rock 17.2Memphis 26.6Milwaukee 31.3Milwaukee 31.3Minneapolis 24.2Missoula 10.2Montgomery 27.3Nashville 24.5New Orleans 28.7Oakland 32Phoenix 23.6Pittsburgh 18.7Portland 17.8Raleigh 14.9Richmond 29.1Riverside 26.3Sacramento 26.5Salt Lake City 15.6San Francisco 29Santa Barbara 21.9Seattle 15.5Spokane 16.2St. Petersburg 19.4Tacoma 19.2Tampa 25.1Tucson 21.5Tulsa 17.5Urban Honolulu CDP 20.7Washington 23.8
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Data source. 2016, American Community Survey (ACS), 5 year Estimates. Table S1811, selected economic characteristics for the civilian noninstitutionalized population by disability status.
Calculation. Number of people aged 25 and over with less than high school graduate with/without a disability divided by the total number of people aged 25 and over with/without a disability. ACS Table S1811 provides these percentages.

Percentage of People with and without Disabilities Age 25 and Above with Less than a High School Diploma by region

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Percentage of People with and without Disabilities Age 25 and Above with Less than a High School Diploma by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionWith a disabilityWithout a disability
United States23.0%10.8%
Alabama26.8%11.5%
Alaska16.9%6.0%
Arizona19.7%12.3%
Arkansas24.8%11.6%
California26.8%16.2%
Colorado15.2%7.9%
Connecticut21.1%7.7%
Delaware20.5%9.0%
District of Columbia23.8%7.6%
Florida21.4%10.7%
Georgia25.5%11.5%
Hawaii18.7%7.1%
Idaho16.6%8.5%
Illinois21.7%9.6%
Indiana22.1%9.3%
Iowa15.9%6.6%
Percentage of People with and without Disabilities Age 25 and Above with Less than a High School Diploma by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionWith a disabilityWithout a disability
Kansas16.2%8.1%
Kentucky29.1%10.9%
Louisiana28.4%12.5%
Maine17.0%5.7%
Maryland20.5%8.5%
Massachusetts22.9%7.5%
Michigan20.4%7.6%
Minnesota16.3%5.7%
Mississippi29.8%12.7%
Missouri21.7%8.3%
Montana14.0%5.4%
Nebraska15.4%8.0%
Nevada19.1%13.5%
New Hampshire16.2%5.6%
New Jersey22.2%9.1%
New Mexico24.2%12.8%
New York26.2%11.7%
Percentage of People with and without Disabilities Age 25 and Above with Less than a High School Diploma by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionWith a disabilityWithout a disability
North Carolina25.4%10.9%
North Dakota18.5%5.7%
Ohio21.3%7.8%
Oklahoma20.0%10.4%
Oregon16.2%8.5%
Pennsylvania21.3%7.8%
Rhode Island25.9%10.1%
South Carolina26.1%10.6%
South Dakota17.1%6.7%
Tennessee27.1%10.3%
Texas26.9%15.6%
Utah13.0%7.7%
Vermont18.1%5.8%
Virginia23.6%9.1%
Washington16.1%8.0%
West Virginia27.4%10.0%
Wisconsin17.8%6.7%
Wyoming14.0%6.2%