Oklahomans with Disabilities Basic Statistics
Putting it into Perspective
The Prevalence of Disability in Oklahoma
2011 data from the American Community Survey / Census Note: Most data does not include persons living in nursing homes or institutions.
- Oklahoma population, civilian, noninstitutionalized, in 2011: 3,710,368
- Oklahomans with disabilities, civilian, noninstitutionalized: 577,032
- 15.6% of Oklahomans – almost one in six - have disabilities.
- Year 2010 population in nursing homes: 21,678
- 182,801 Oklahomans (all ages) have hearing difficulties.
- 109,833 Oklahomans (all ages) have vision difficulties.
- 204,672 Oklahomans (age 5 and up) have cognitive difficulties.
- 319,110 Oklahomans (age 5 and up) have ambulatory difficulties.
- 106,467 Oklahomans (age 5 and up) have self-care difficulties.
- 187,000 Oklahomans (age 18+) have independent living difficulties.
- 322,232 (14.1%) work-age Oklahomans (18-64) have disabilities.
- In 2011, 24.8% of Oklahomans age 16 and over with disabilities were employed, compared to 58.4% of persons without disabilities.
- In 2011, 71.5% of Oklahomans age 16 and over with disabilities were not in the labor force, compared to 36.8% of those without disabilities.
- 210,689 or 42.2% of Oklahomans age 65 and over have disabilities, not counting persons living in nursing homes or other institutions.
- Oklahomans with disabilities are poor at a higher rate than Oklahomans without disabilities. In 2011, 22.8% of persons with disabilities age 16 and over had incomes below the federal poverty level, compared to 15.4% of people without disabilities. More persons with disabilities also lived in near poverty. Altogether, 37.8% of Oklahomans with disabilities age 16 and over had incomes below 150% of poverty, compared to 25.9% of people without disabilities.
2011 Population Comparisons
Oklahomans with disabilities 577,032
Population of City of Oklahoma City 591,912
Population of City of Tulsa 392,494
School enrollment grades K-12 675,000
Oklahomans age 65 and over 498,739
Civilian veterans 319,724