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for the Blind

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Massachusetts

Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 121,193
Gender
   Male 53,143
   Female 68,050
Age
   Under 5 1,446
   5-17 7,754
   18-34 13,212
   35-64 43,365
   65-74 16,566
   75 and older 38,850

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 117,721
Gender
   Male 52,061
   Female 65,660
Age
   Under 5 1,862
   5-17 7,401
   18-34 12,278
   35-64 43,764
   65-74 15,298
   75 and older 37,118

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 107,161
Gender
   Male 44,943
   Female 62,218
Age
   Under 5 944
   5-17 6,366
   18-34 8,459
   35-64 39,380
   65-74 14,091
   75 and older 37,921

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 109,797
Gender
   Male 50,584
   Female 59,213
Age
   Under 5 1,608
   5-17 6,063
   18-34 12,061
   35-64 42,361
   65-74 12,737
   75 and older 34,967

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 134,713
Gender
   Male 54,913
   Female 79,800
Age
   Under 5 1,570
   5-17 9,176
   18-64 67,841
   65-74 15,134
   75 and older 40,992

Definition and scope: The term vision loss refers to individuals who reported they have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, as well as those who are blind or unable to see at all.

Data source: 2008 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; 2009 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; 2012 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. www.census.gov/acs/www/

Comparing American Community Survey 1-year data with other data: Generally, American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates can be compared with other ACS 1-year data. However, since ACS variables change over time, some areas and subjects must be compared with caution, or not compared at all. In this instance, the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 ACS 1-year estimates are comparable because the vision loss variable was written the same in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 ACS instruments.

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