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Half of adults earning less than $15,000 a year reported some kind of disability.

1 in 5 King County adults belongs to the county’s largest minority group – people with disabilities. Membership in this group can change with time and circumstance.  Most adults will have a disability at some point in their lives. 

Averaging telephone survey data from 2007 through 2011, 23% of King County adults said they were limited by a physical, emotional, or mental problem; or had a health problem that required use of equipment such as a cane, wheelchair, special bed, or special telephone.

  • Disability rates were highest for adults with the lowest incomes, although it’s not easy to know which came first – disability or low income.  For many adults, disability limits employment and thus income.  At the same time, people with lower income may be more likely to encounter conditions that increase their risk of disability.
  • Disability rates were lower for college graduates than for high school graduates or adults with some college. 
  • Adults who were unable to work, unemployed, or retired had higher disability rates than those who were employed, homemakers, or students.