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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Tennessee

Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 179,074
Gender
   Male 80,681
   Female 98,393
Age
   Under 5 1,949
   5-17 10,590
   18-34 16,860
   35-64 85,902
   65-74 24,858
   75 and older 38,915

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 182,024
Gender
   Male 82,927
   Female 99,097
Age
   Under 5 2,217
   5-17 10,535
   18-34 20,412
   35-64 80,701
   65-74 26,395
   75 and older 41,764

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 183,518
Gender
   Male 86,346
   Female 97,172
Age
   Under 5 1,770
   5-17 9,633
   18-34 19,372
   35-64 80,470
   65-74 27,659
   75 and older 44,614

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 189,809
Gender
   Male 82,032
   Female 107,777
Age
   Under 5 2,699
   5-17 9,138
   18-34 16,383
   35-64 90,553
   65-74 24,700
   75 and older 46,336

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 182,026
Gender
   Male 80,676
   Female 101,350
Age
   Under 5 3,191
   5-17 9,919
   18-64 99,923
   65-74 25,238
   75 and older 43,755

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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