Did You Know?

People with disabilities are 12.3% of the NH population or about 1 in 8 people in NH have a disability.

Up-to-date statistics are essential to policymaking, planning, research, and advocacy. While federal agencies collect data and generate a variety of statistics about the population with disabilities in the United States (U.S.), it is often difficult for local government agencies, individuals with disabilities, and even seasoned researchers to find these statistics.

Facts & Figures is a regularly-occurring publication of the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire. This report focuses on characteristics of the population with disabilities in New Hampshire (NH), with comparisons to neighboring states and the nation. Facts & Figures and its companion piece the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium are intended to provide a comprehensive picture of important issues related to disability in NH and the U.S. as a whole.

The statistics presented here focus on four primary topics: population size (all ages), education (ages 25 and older), employment (ages 18-64), and health care coverage (under age 64). Each page of this report highlights a different topic. The heading displays where NH ranks among all U.S. states in terms of prevalence of or equality for people with disabilities. In addition, the arrow indicates whether that placement has improved or decreased since the last annual estimate.

The statistics in Facts & Figures are derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year data that allow us to present county-level statistics. Counts (i.e., the number of people) and percentages are reported and are to be interpreted as annual averages over the five years. For example, there was an annual average of 1,310,949 persons living in NH over the period 2012-2016. The rankings presented in the headings of each page are based on the 2015 ACS and 2016 ACS, and the underlying statistics may be found in the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium.

View the full report online at disabilityinnh.unh.edu