Community & Work Disparities
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Percentage of People with and without Disabilities Age 25 and Above with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, 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 a Bachelor's degree or higher is much lower than the percentage of people without disabilities. The U.S. average percentage of people with disabilities is 15.7% with a range of 9.0% in West Virginia to 22.9% in Colorado, while the U.S. average is 33.6% with a range of 23.4% in West Virginia to 61.5% in the District of Columbia for people without disabilities. The lower proportion of people with disabilities with a Bachelor's degree or higher indicates participation disparity in higher education.

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With Disabilities with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher 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 7.2% to 16.6% and includes the states Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming & United States.  The second quartile ranges from 16.7% to 25.6% and includes the states Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia & Washington.  The third quartile ranges from 25.7% to 33.8%. There are no states in this quartile because the quartiles are shared between two maps.  The fourth quartile ranges from 33.9% to 64.5%. There are no states in this quartile because the quartiles are shared between two maps. With Disabilities with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Albuquerque 21.7Anchorage 19.9Asheville 27.4Austin 27.8Baltimore 11.7Baton Rouge 17.1Birmingham 12.2Boise 25.3Chicago 15.5Columbia 20.5Columbus 15.3Denver 24.5Detroit 7.2Fresno 11.6Gastonia 13.5Greensboro 22Houston 17.6Indianapolis 14.3Lansing 11.5Las Vegas 14.7Little Rock 21.9Memphis 13.4Milwaukee 9.7Milwaukee 9.7Minneapolis 20.9Missoula 28Montgomery 18.2Nashville 17.6New Orleans 18.6Oakland 19.5Phoenix 16.3Pittsburgh 17.8Portland 22.3Raleigh 29.8Richmond 15.1Riverside 15.4Sacramento 16.2Salt Lake City 27.4San Francisco 27.2Santa Barbara 27.4Seattle 32.4Spokane 16.5St. Petersburg 18Tacoma 16.2Tampa 14.6Tucson 15.5Tulsa 17.4Urban Honolulu CDP 20.1Washington 21.1 Without Disabilities with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher 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 7.2% to 16.6%. There are no states in this quartile because the quartiles are shared between two maps.  The second quartile ranges from 16.7% to 25.6% and includes the states Arkansas, Mississippi, Nevada & West Virginia.  The third quartile ranges from 25.7% to 33.8% and includes the states Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming & United States.  The fourth quartile ranges from 33.9% to 64.5% and includes the states California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia & Washington. Without Disabilities with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Albuquerque 21.7Anchorage 19.9Asheville 27.4Austin 27.8Baltimore 11.7Baton Rouge 17.1Birmingham 12.2Boise 25.3Chicago 15.5Columbia 20.5Columbus 15.3Denver 24.5Detroit 7.2Fresno 11.6Gastonia 13.5Greensboro 22Houston 17.6Indianapolis 14.3Lansing 11.5Las Vegas 14.7Little Rock 21.9Memphis 13.4Milwaukee 9.7Milwaukee 9.7Minneapolis 20.9Missoula 28Montgomery 18.2Nashville 17.6New Orleans 18.6Oakland 19.5Phoenix 16.3Pittsburgh 17.8Portland 22.3Raleigh 29.8Richmond 15.1Riverside 15.4Sacramento 16.2Salt Lake City 27.4San Francisco 27.2Santa Barbara 27.4Seattle 32.4Spokane 16.5St. Petersburg 18Tacoma 16.2Tampa 14.6Tucson 15.5Tulsa 17.4Urban Honolulu CDP 20.1Washington 21.1
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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 a bachelor's degree or higher 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 a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by region

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Percentage of People with and without Disabilities Age 25 and Above with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionWith a disabilityWithout a disability
United States15.7%33.6%
Alabama12.3%27.6%
Alaska16.7%31.2%
Arizona17.5%30.5%
Arkansas10.6%25.1%
California18.3%34.6%
Colorado22.9%41.7%
Connecticut19.6%41.6%
Delaware17.0%33.5%
District of Columbia21.1%61.5%
Florida17.3%30.4%
Georgia14.4%32.9%
Hawaii18.5%33.9%
Idaho16.1%28.8%
Illinois16.2%36.2%
Indiana11.7%27.9%
Iowa14.1%29.9%
Percentage of People with and without Disabilities Age 25 and Above with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionWith a disabilityWithout a disability
Kansas16.8%35.1%
Kentucky10.1%26.8%
Louisiana12.1%26.1%
Maine15.3%33.0%
Maryland21.1%41.6%
Massachusetts19.5%45.4%
Michigan12.9%31.0%
Minnesota17.5%37.3%
Mississippi11.1%24.3%
Missouri12.9%31.6%
Montana17.5%33.0%
Nebraska15.3%33.0%
Nevada15.1%25.0%
New Hampshire20.6%38.6%
New Jersey19.1%40.8%
New Mexico17.1%29.4%
New York17.8%38.0%
Percentage of People with and without Disabilities Age 25 and Above with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionWith a disabilityWithout a disability
North Carolina14.1%32.7%
North Dakota15.6%30.7%
Ohio12.2%30.2%
Oklahoma13.9%27.7%
Oregon17.2%35.0%
Pennsylvania13.5%33.2%
Rhode Island15.7%36.1%
South Carolina13.8%29.8%
South Dakota15.4%30.3%
Tennessee11.7%29.2%
Texas15.3%31.0%
Utah20.0%33.8%
Vermont19.3%40.0%
Virginia18.5%40.5%
Washington18.2%36.9%
West Virginia9.0%23.4%
Wisconsin14.7%31.2%
Wyoming15.5%28.4%