CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — U.S. Census Bureau figures show West Virginia leads the nation in the percentage of adults receiving federal government income assistance who have disabilities.
The Census report released Tuesday shows that of the 46 million adults who received income-based government assistance in 2011, 30.4 percent of them had a disability.
In West Virginia, the rate is 41.7 percent.
Arizona had the lowest rate at 25.1 percent. Twenty-two states had disability rates above the national average of 30.4 percent and 15 were below that.
The Census report defined disabilities as people having vision, hearing, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care or independent living difficulties.
The report also found that of those people with disabilities in West Virginia, 26.8 percent reported having severe difficulties walking or climbing stairs, compared with the national average of 18.2 percent.
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