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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

District of Columbia

Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 15,657
Gender
   Male 6,296
   Female 9,361
Age
   Under 5 131
   5-17 1,225
   18-34 1,495
   35-64 7,942
   65-74 1,977
   75 and older 2,887

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 14,470
Gender
   Male 6,310
   Female 8,160
Age
   Under 5 0
   5-17 650
   18-34 2,445
   35-64 6,138
   65-74 2,254
   75 and older 2,983

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 10,180
Gender
   Male 4,196
   Female 5,984
Age
   Under 5 200
   5-17 287
   18-34 1,034
   35-64 4,353
   65-74 1,309
   75 and older 2,997

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 15,156
Gender
   Male 5,934
   Female 9,222
Age
   Under 5 59
   5-17 1,155
   18-34 2,119
   35-64 5,854
   65-74 2,818
   75 and older 3,151

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 12,736
Gender
   Male 5,088
   Female 7,648
Age
   Under 5 191
   5-17 309
   18-64 6,417
   65-74 2,181
   75 and older 3,638

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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