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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

California

Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 705,941
Gender
   Male 313,667
   Female 392,274
Age
   Under 5 11,776
   5-17 49,466
   18-34 76,463
   35-64 267,465
   65-74 99,737
   75 and older 201,034

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 711,121
Gender
   Male 322,279
   Female 388,842
Age
   Under 5 12,316
   5-17 50,829
   18-34 78,372
   35-64 270,073
   65-74 90,646
   75 and older 208,885

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 666,519
Gender
   Male 295,476
   Female 371,043
Age
   Under 5 12,056
   5-17 45,273
   18-34 68,958
   35-64 248,594
   65-74 90,558
   75 and older 201,080

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 683,135
Gender
   Male 298,623
   Female 384,512
Age
   Under 5 12,493
   5-17 43,566
   18-34 71,727
   35-64 261,452
   65-74 93,407
   75 and older 200,490

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 723,231
Gender
   Male 321,531
   Female 401,700
Age
   Under 5 8,652
   5-17 47,742
   18-64 355,626
   65-74 93,087
   75 and older 218,124

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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