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State Profile Data for Utah

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 $2 billion per year* in Utah.

A Snapshot of Disability in Utah

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

Did you know?

Disability costs in healthcare expenditures are $2 billion per year* in Utah.

19.0% of adults in Utah some type of disability compared to 22.5% for the U.S. overall.

Despite progress, adults with disabilities in Utah 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. Utah
Adults with disabilities 43.0% 36.2%
Adults without disabilities 24.3% 19.1%

Have high blood pressure

U.S. Utah
Adults with disabilities 42.9% 35.4%
Adults without disabilities 26.8% 23.4%


U.S. Utah
Adults with disabilities 30.6% 19.7%
Adults without disabilities 14.6% 7.7%

Be obese

U.S. Utah
Adults with disabilities 39.6% 37.9%
Adults without disabilities 25.3% 23.1%
Percentage of adults with select functional disability types: **

Types of disabilities comparing U.S. with Utah

U.S. Utah
Mobility: Serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. 13.1% 10.1%
Cognition: Serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. 10.8% 9.5%
Independent living: Difficulty doing errands alone, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping. 6.6% 4.7%
Vision: Blind or serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses. 4.7% 3.5%
Self-care: Difficulty dressing or bathing. 3.6% 2.6%

* Disability-associated healthcare expenditures are presented in 2006 dollars as reported in Anderson et al, 2010.  This value represents approximately 22% of total healthcare expenditures for the state of Utah.
** 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.