People with Disabilities in Wisconsin - 2010

How many people with disabilities are there in Wisconsin? The U.S. Census Bureau, an agency within the Department of Commerce is a great source for information on the number of people in our country and information about them.

Many people are aware that the 2000 Census included a number of questions about disability. This allowed researchers the ability to access a great deal about people with disabilities in our nation down to very small areas. Unfortunately, the Census did not include these questions in 2010.

However, the Census Bureau conducts a number of surveys to get disability information . Because they all have strengths and weaknesses, which is best depends on what type of information you seek.

One, called the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) is conducted every few years. The latest, for 2010, estimated that 56.7 million (18.7%) of Americans have a disability. Unfortunately, this survey does not allow estimates of state and local data.

The annual American Community Survey (ACS) does allow state and local estimates. However, it includes fewer questions about disability and identifies fewer people with disabilities. The ACS estimated 36.3 million (11.9%) of non-institutionalized, civilian, Americans have a disability compared to the 56.7 million identified by the SIPP.

The ACS estimates of the number of people with disabilities down to small geographies. The ACS disability questions have only been used since 2008 which allows data to be aggregated across multiple years for bigger samples.

The table, below, shows population with disabilities estimates (Non-institutionalized, Institutionalized and Total) for Wisconsinites and its 72 counties for 2010. “Live in Community” (“community”) includes civilians who were living in households, group quarters and other places that are not institutions.

        Live in     Live in
Geography/County     Community     Institution     Total
             
Wisconsin   613,060     44,286     657,346
             
Adams   3,748     457     4,206
Ashland*   1,678     194     1,872
Barron   5,750     468     6,218
Bayfield*   1,608     72     1,680
Brown   23,441     1,684     25,125
Buffalo*   1,456     67     1,523
Burnett*   1,654     67     1,721
Calumet   3,559     143     3,702
Chippewa   6,653     743     7,396
Clark   3,387     401     3,788
Columbia   5,849     684     6,533
Crawford*   1,713     297     2,010
Dane   42,481     2,537     45,451
Dodge   8,559     2,388     10,806
Door   3,169     225     3,439
Douglas   5,162     388     5,524
Dunn   4,507     262     4,750
Eau Claire   9,276     458     9,644
Florence*   471     57     529
Fond du Lac   10,531     901     11,457
Forest*   985     123     1,108
Grant   5,698     732     6,362
Green   4,052     287     4,332
Green Lake*   2,037     165     2,201
Iowa   2,179     142     2,325
Iron*   629     87     715
Jackson   2,417     445     2,868
Jefferson   8,417     422     8,809
Juneau   3,733     503     4,413
Kenosha   17,921     1,162     18,940
Kewaunee   1,943     121     2,051
La Crosse   10,812     945     11,676
Lafayette*   1,808     79     1,887
Langlade   2,625     168     2,776
Lincoln   3,606     354     4,012
Manitowoc   8,880     585     9,426
Marathon   14,760     919     15,643
Marinette   5,876     453     6,289
Marquette*   1,654     56     1,710
Menominee*   452     12     465
Milwaukee   113,544     6,457     119,271
Monroe   4,384     434     4,765
Oconto   4,904     205     5,096
Oneida   4,585     323     4,890
Outagamie   14,823     980     15,769
Ozaukee   7,236     467     7,711
Pepin*   793     99     892
Pierce   3,509     208     3,683
Polk   4,786     330     5,127
Portage   7,015     255     7,245
Price*   1,509     168     1,677
Racine   20,747     1,821     22,472
Richland*   1,934     99     2,032
Rock   21,242     1,001     22,295
Rusk*   1,579     111     1,690
St. Croix   11,902     1,190     13,073
Sauk   1,597     111     6,770
Sawyer*   1,756     169     1,925
Shawano   4,795     462     5,247
Sheboygan   11,902     1,190     13,073
Taylor   2,179     188     2,372
Trempealeau   2,802     345     3,101
Vernon   2,958     232     3,161
Vilas   3,634     87     3,746
Walworth   10,479     569     11,015
Washburn*   1,701     147     1,848
Washington   12,056     739     12,793
Waukesha   32,440     1,797     34,055
Waupaca   6,699     1,265     7,978
Waushara   3,547     420     3,960
Winnebago   17,829     2,270     19,834
Wood   8,409     502     8,911

Notes

  1. The Census figures are used as reported at the U.S. Census website .
  2. The non-institutionalized number is the non-institutionalized, civilian population with disabilities from the 2012 ACS 5-year estimates. These estimates aggregate ACS results from 2008-12.
  3. The Institutionalized number is the number of institutionalized people with disabilities. This is an estimate made by multiplying the institutionalized population reported on the 2010 Census by estimated percentages for people with disabilities in different types of institutions, see Brault, Matthew, Disability Status and the Characteristics of People in Group Quarters: A Brief Analysis of Disability Prevalence Among the Civilian Noninstitutionalized and Total Populations in the American Community Survey .
  4. The Total is the sum of these two numbers.

Contact MikeB at ILCW with any questions about these numbers.

Rev. June 2017