Disability & Health U.S. Profile Data for Puerto Rico (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.

A Snapshot of Disability in Puerto Rico*

This fact sheet provides an overview of disability in Puerto Rico compared to national estimates. You can use this information to learn more about the percentages and characteristics of adults with disabilities in Puerto Rico.

38.1 percent of adults in Puerto Rico have some type of disability compared to 25.6 percent for the U.S. overall.

Despite progress, adults with disabilities in Puerto Rico 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. Puerto Rico
Adults with disabilities 42.2% 67.8%
Adults without disabilities 24.3% 47.0%

Have high blood pressure

Adults with disabilities are more likely to have high blood pressure
U.S. Puerto Rico
Adults with disabilities 41.9% 53.3%
Adults without disabilities 25.9% 34.9%

Smoke

Adults with disabilities are more likely to smoke
U.S. Puerto Rico
Adults with disabilities 27.8% 14.2%
Adults without disabilities 13.4% 10.6%

Have obesity

Adults with disabilities are more likely to be obese
U.S. Puerto Rico
Adults with disabilities 39.5% 42.5%
Adults without disabilities 26.3% 28.0%
Percentage of adults with select functional disability types: *

Types of disabilities comparing U.S. with Puerto Rico

Percentage of adults with select functional disability types
U.S. Puerto Rico
Mobility: Serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. 12.9% 21.8%
Cognition: Serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. 11.4% 15.4%
Independent living: Difficulty doing errands alone, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping. 7.0% 12.8%
Hearing: Deafness or serious difficulty hearing. 5.6% 7.0%
Vision: Blind or serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses. 4.7% 16.6%
Self-care: Difficulty dressing or bathing. 3.8% 7.0%

* Data Source: 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

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