Disability Status

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SourceAmerican Community Survey
Data TableDisability Status
ExplanationAccording to the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data, approximately 33,700 people in Thurston County — about 13% of the total population — have a disability. Of these disabled individuals, 42% were 65 years of age or older, and 16% had incomes that were below the poverty level.


The U.S. Census Bureau defines disability as the product of interactions among: individuals’ bodies; their physical, emotional, and mental health; and the physical and social environment in which they live, work, or play. Under this definition, disability exists where the product of these interactions results in the limitation of activities and the restriction to full participation at school, work, home, or in the community.

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