By the Numbers: Statistics on Disability & Cities

  • Pew Research Center reports that nearly 40 million Americans live with a disability.

  • Mobility-related disabilities are the most common, representing 7.1 percent of the civilian non-institutionalized population.

  • The U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research finds that more than 6.8 million community-resident Americans use assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers, to help them with mobility.

  • cityMore than 25 percent of people living in U.S. cities are seniors or are living with a disability. By 2050, Pew estimates that worldwide, at least one in seven people will be a city dweller with a disability.

  • Data gathered by Smart Cities for All shows that 60 percent of global experts agree that smart cities are failing people with disabilities.