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for the Blind

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Minnesota

Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 74,817
Gender
   Male 35,772
   Female 39,045
Age
   Under 5 1,012
   5-17 5,559
   18-34 8,654
   35-64 25,666
   65-74 10,018
   75 and older 23,908

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 75,739
Gender
   Male 36,397
   Female 39,342
Age
   Under 5 1,868
   5-17 6,124
   18-34 6,364
   35-64 28,296
   65-74 9,131
   75 and older 23,956

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 67,886
Gender
   Male 31,879
   Female 36,007
Age
   Under 5 1,275
   5-17 4,515
   18-34 6,991
   35-64 23,518
   65-74 8,545
   75 and older 23,042

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 72,355
Gender
   Male 34,291
   Female 38,044
Age
   Under 5 1,342
   5-17 4,161
   18-34 7,951
   35-64 27,030
   65-74 8,161
   75 and older 23,690

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 68,028
Gender
   Male 31,204
   Female 36,824
Age
   Under 5 1,474
   5-17 3,921
   18-64 30,488
   65-74 8,287
   75 and older 23,858

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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