56.7 Million Americans Have Disabilities, Census Bureau States

Disability News and Information

Approximately 56.7 million people living in the United States had some kind of disability in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 18.7% of the population. “About 12.6% or 38.3 million people had a severe disability,” the bureau said in its report, “Americans with Disabilities: 2010”, which was released in July 2012. The agency’s last analysis of this group was done in 2005.

Based on age:

  • 8 percent of Americans under age 15 have disabilities.
  • 21 percent of people 15 and older have disabilities.
  • 17 percent of people 21 to 64 have disabilities.
  • 50 percent of adults 65 and older have disabilities.

Find more statistics on the Census Bureau’s webpage, Facts for Features: Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26.