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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

West Virginia

Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 70,509
Gender
   Male 33,926
   Female 36,583
Age
   Under 5 1,150
   5-17 3,486
   18-34 5,716
   35-64 32,029
   65-74 10,723
   75 and older 17,405

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 63,074
Gender
   Male 30,353
   Female 32,721
Age
   Under 5 488
   5-17 2,424
   18-34 4,398
   35-64 30,245
   65-74 9,443
   75 and older 16,076

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 64,624
Gender
   Male 29,795
   Female 34,829
Age
   Under 5 201
   5-17 3,585
   18-34 4,098
   35-64 29,627
   65-74 10,967
   75 and older 16,146

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 62,752
Gender
   Male 30,510
   Female 32,242
Age
   Under 5 774
   5-17 2,864
   18-34 5,498
   35-64 28,923
   65-74 9,619
   75 and older 15,074

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 68,074
Gender
   Male 31,499
   Female 36,575
Age
   Under 5 886
   5-17 2,104
   18-64 37,391
   65-74 9,200
   75 and older 18,493

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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