Disability & Health U.S. State Profile Data for North Carolina (Adults 18+ years of age)

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 $11.2 billion per year* in North Carolina.

A Snapshot of Disability in North Carolina*

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

Did you know?

Disability costs in healthcare expenditures are $11.2 billion per year** in North Carolina.

23.9% of adults in North Carolina some type of disability compared to 22.5% for the U.S. overall.

Despite progress, adults with disabilities in North Carolina 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

Adults with disabilities are more likely to be inactive
U.S. North Carolina
Adults with disabilities 42.2% 40.3%
Adults without disabilities 24.3% 22.0%

Have high blood pressure

Adults with disabilities are more likely to have high blood pressure
U.S. North Carolina
Adults with disabilities 41.9% 42.2%
Adults without disabilities 25.9% 27.6%

Smoke

Adults with disabilities are more likely to smoke
U.S. North Carolina
Adults with disabilities 27.8% 30.9%
Adults without disabilities 13.4% 13.4%

Be obese

Adults with disabilities are more likely to be obese
U.S. North Carolina
Adults with disabilities 39.5% 40.7%
Adults without disabilities 25.6% 28.5%
Percentage of adults with select functional disability types: *

Types of disabilities comparing U.S. with North Carolina

Percentage of adults with select functional disability types
U.S. North Carolina
Mobility: Serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. 12.9% 14.0%
Cognition: Serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. 11.4% 11.2%
Independent living: Difficulty doing errands alone, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping. 7.0% 6.9%
Hearing: Deafness or serious difficulty hearing. 5.6% 6.7%
Vision: Blind or serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses. 4.7% 4.4%
Self-care: Difficulty dressing or bathing. 3.8% 4.1%

* Data Source: 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
** Disability-associated healthcare expenditures are presented in 2006 dollars as reported in Anderson et al, 2010. This value represents approximately 27% of total healthcare expenditures for the state of North Carolina.

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