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State Profile Data for New Jersey

Disability Impacts All of Us

Each of us may experience a disability in our lifetime.

CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities supports efforts to include adults with disabilities in disease prevention, health promotion, and emergency response activities, while working to remove barriers to health care and improve access to routine preventive services.

Did you know?

Disability costs in healthcare expenditures are $12.4 billion per year* in New Jersey.

A Snapshot of Disability in New Jersey

This page provides an overview of disability in New Jersey (NJ) compared to national estimates. You can use this information to learn more about the percentages and characteristics of adults with disabilities in New Jersey.

Did you know?

Disability costs in healthcare expenditures are $12.4 billion per year* in New Jersey.

20.0% of adults in New Jersey have some type of disability compared to 22.5% for the U.S. overall.

Despite progress, adults with disabilities in New Jersey and across the country continue to experience significant differences in health characteristics and behaviors compared to adults without disabilities.

Adults with disabilities are more likely to:

Be inactive

U.S. New Jersey
Adults with disabilities 43.0% 44.2%
Adults without disabilities 24.3% 24.5%

Have high blood pressure

U.S. New Jersey
Adults with disabilities 42.9% 40.6%
Adults without disabilities 26.8% 25.3%

Smoke

U.S. New Jersey
Adults with disabilities 30.6% 27.3%
Adults without disabilities 14.6% 13.1%

Be obese

U.S. New Jersey
Adults with disabilities 39.6% 34.5%
Adults without disabilities 25.3% 23.9%
Percentage of adults with select functional disability types: **

Types of disabilities comparing U.S. with New Jersey

U.S. Jersey
Mobility: Serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. 13.1% 11.4%
Cognition: Serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. 10.8% 8.8%
Independent living: Difficulty doing errands alone, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping. 6.6% 5.0%
Vision: Blind or serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses. 4.7% 3.7%
Self-care: Difficulty dressing or bathing. 3.6% 3.1%

* Disability-associated healthcare expenditures are presented in 2006 dollars as reported in Anderson et al, 2010.  This value represents approximately 26% of total healthcare expenditures for the state of New Jersey .
** In 2013 and 2014, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) did not ask participants about deafness or serious difficulty hearing; however, BRFSS began collecting this information in 2016.

Visit Disability and Health Data System to find additional topics about the health and wellness of adults with disabilities in your state.

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