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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

New York

Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 358,850
Gender
   Male 155,379
   Female 203,471
Age
   Under 5 6,179
   5-17 18,673
   18-34 34,418
   35-64 137,874
   65-74 50,415
   75 and older 111,291

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss in New York State

Total 352,368
Gender
   Male 148,953
   Female 203,415
Age
   Under 5 4,081
   5-17 20,326
   18-34 34,806
   35-64 133,337
   65-74 49,443
   75 and older 110,375

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss in New York State

Total 333,923
Gender
   Male 139,984
   Female 193,939
Age
   Under 5 4,275
   5-17 17,433
   18-34 27,277
   35-64 22,879
   65-74 50,013
   75 and older 115,608

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss in New York State

Total 362,401
Gender
   Male 152,916
   Female 209,485
Age
   Under 5 5,476
   5-17 16,749
   18-34 29,685
   35-64 139,320
   65-74 52,815
   75 and older 118,356

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss in New York City

Total 63,752
Gender
   Male 29,987
   Female 33,765
Age
   Under 5 1,117
   5-17 3,452
   18-64 31,028
   65-74 9,732
   75 and older 18,423

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 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 ACS 1-year estimates are comparable because the vision loss variable was written the same in the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 ACS instruments.

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