In 2018, 11% of Minnesotans reported having a disability, including hearing difficulty, vision difficulty, cognitive difficulty, ambulatory difficulty, self-care difficulty, and independent living difficulty.  Local, state, tribal, and federal agencies use disability data to plan and fund programs for people with disabilities to provide health care, social support, and other services; evaluate government programs and policies to ensure they fairly and equitably serve the needs of all groups, and enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination. We track data on disabilities to better understand and support the needs of Minnesota’s residents with disabilities.

Fast facts

605,000 Minnesotans

About 11% of the state’s population have at least one disability.
11 %
1% to 63%

The share of Minnesotans with a disability tends to increase among older age groups, from less than 1% of young children to 63% of older adults age 85+.

Almost 1 in 5 Minnesotans with a disability lives below poverty

19% of Minnesotans with a disability live below poverty, nearly double the statewide poverty rate.
19 %