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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Maryland

Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 95,648
Gender
   Male 41,823
   Female 53,825
Age
   Under 5 1,376
   5-17 5,388
   18-34 9,738
   35-64 39,694
   65-74 12,284
   75 and older 27,168

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 98,837
Gender
   Male 40,563
   Female 58,274
Age
   Under 5 2,236
   5-17 6,116
   18-34 9,247
   35-64 38,773
   65-74 14,808
   75 and older 27,657

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 98,096
Gender
   Male 40,461
   Female 57,635
Age
   Under 5 1,483
   5-17 7,269
   18-34 8,299
   35-64 39,761
   65-74 14,362
   75 and older 26,922

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 96,214
Gender
   Male 40,826
   Female 55,388
Age
   Under 5 1,335
   5-17 6,775
   18-34 9,916
   35-64 38,407
   65-74 11,112
   75 and older 28,669

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 100,047
Gender
   Male 45,733
   Female 54,314
Age
   Under 5 1,313
   5-17 5,606
   18-64 50,376
   65-74 14,039
   75 and older 28,713

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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