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The Best Current Estimate Of The Total U.S. Deaf Population

May 30, 2007

Note from Fookem and Bug: Note that the U.S. Census Bureau identifies two levels of hearing impairment: ” Have difficulty hearing normal conversation” (what most people would call ” hard of hearing”) and ” unable to hear normal conversation” ( what most people would call “deaf”) Estimated numbers were rounded off to the nearest thousand.

  Have difficulty hearing normal conversation Unable to hear normal conversation
Alabama 200,965 6.63% 16,950 0.56%
Alaska 14,642 4.02% 1235 0.34%
Arizona 154,612 5.68% 13,040 0.48%
Arkansas 129,687 7.39% 10,938 0.62%
California 1,078,325 4.87% 90,948 0.41%
Colorado 121,141 4.95% 10,217 0.42%
Connecticut 141,628 5.54% 11,945 0.47%
Delaware 30,603 6.06% 2581 0.51%
District of Columbia 23,253 4.81% 1961 0.41%
Florida 746,601 7.39% 62,970 0.62%
Georgia 274,992 5.75% 23,193 0.49%
Hawaii 44,098 5.56% 3719 0.47%
Idaho 42,813 5.99% 3611 0.47%
Illinois 472,930 5.49% 39,888 0.46%
Indiana 240,807 5.79% 20,310 0.49%
Iowa 133,119 6.39% 11,227 0.54%
Kansas 108,296 5.97% 9134 0.50%
Kentucky 193,456 7.00% 16,316 0.59%
Louisiana 184,847 6.12% 15,590 0.52%
Maine 57,026 6.15% 4810 0.52%
Maryland 202,613 5.58% 17,089 0.47%
Massachusetts 263,867 5.60% 22,255 0.47%
Michigan 393,577 5.64% 33,195 0.48%
Minnesota 185,980 5.71% 15,686 0.48%
Mississippi 122,094 6.55% 19,907 0.52%
Missouri 236,023 6.14% 19,907 0.52%
Montana 36,366 6.23% 3067 0.53%
Nebraska 70,555 6.11% 5951 0.52%
Nevada 49,980 5.48% 4215 0.46%
New Hampshire 45,161 5.36% 3809 0.45%
New Jersey 329,877 5.48% 27,822 0.46%
New Mexico 53,876 4.97% 4544 0.42%
New York 759,145 5.46% 64,028 0.46%
North Carolina 313,978 6.27% 26,481 0.53%
North Dakota 28,923 6.28% 2439 0.53%
Ohio 480,444 5.87% 40,521 0.50%
Oklahoma 162,125 6.99% 13,674 0.59%
Oregon 132,574 6.15% 11,181 0.52%
Pennsylvania 575,521 6.25% 48,540 0.53%
Rhode Island 47,142 6.05% 3976 0.51%
South Carolina 155,486 6.07% 13,114 0.51%
South Dakota 32,138 6.45% 2711 0.54%
Tennessee 246,900 6.66% 20,824 0.56%
Texas 670,925 5.45% 56,587 0.46%
Utah 57,453 5.06% 4846 0.43%
Vermont 23,625 5.52% 1993 0.47%
Virginia 265,180 5.77% 22,366 0.49%
Washington 203,881 5.63% 17,196 0.47%
West Virginia 106,508 7.69% 8983 0.50%
Wisconsin 216,216 5.91% 18,236 0.50%
Wyoming 17,647 5.46% 1488 0.46%

How many people use ASL in the United States? Check here: http://gri.gallaudet.edu/Publications/ASL_Users.pdf

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  1. Richard Roehm
    May 30, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Is that the most current? It looks very interesting.

    Richard

  2. Richard Roehm
    May 31, 2007 at 12:09 am

    That model ballparks the hearing impaired community at 12-13 million people, a far cry from what the big grants sucking deaf and disability organizations had been spewing out all these years.

    Richard

  3. monstermags
    May 31, 2007 at 7:55 am

    got that in email yesterday. very interesting.

  4. MAE
    May 31, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Was this from the 2000 US Census? Could you tell us how you obtained this information, please?

  5. May 31, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    It appears there are many wildly varying estimates of Deaf people in the United States, but if we use this table to get another estimate:

    An average of .5% (one half of one percent) of the population in all states are unable to hear normal conversation. Okay.

    The World Population Clock says the US population now stands at 301,972,043. One half percent of this is exactly 150,986,021.5 people. This means we have 151 MILLION people in the US who are unable to hear conversation.

    That’s a lot of people who need captions, extra assistance in hearing loudspeakers such as in airports, who have great difficulty using telephones, and who need assistance in conversing with other people.

    That’s also an awesome number for making public policy decisions. We should get it all together and present a united front in asking for government attention.

    How many of this number use ASL? That’s another question…does it matter? The issues are much bigger than worrying about a smaller subgroup of 151 million people…we can change the Hearing world with that number.

  6. May 31, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    OHMIGOSH, what a calculator I have. The figure I gave for one half of one percent is wrong. It should be 1,509,860.215 or 1.51 MILLION people. Sheesh! I’m going to buy a new one.

  7. Tool Lady
    June 1, 2007 at 4:53 am

    I think these numbers are way off. I don’t know how they got it, but Michigan’s Department of Labor and Michigan State University after a lengthy research period came up with 1.4 Million people in Michigan (14% of the population) of Michigan’s citizens with hearing losses. Interestingly, nearly a third 402,000 were a result of noise-induced losses from the workplace. Also, a recent Audiological study showed that about 1/2 of all High School Seniors (17 and 18 year olds) had at least one or more symptoms of hearing loss, so the problem is about to get worse, MUCH worse. It is a noisy world and we are doing this damage to ourselves!

  8. June 4, 2007 at 10:09 am

    I’m from Connecticut. It’s a small state. “11,945 people able to hear normal conversation”? It can’t be. Unless 80% of them happen to be senior citizens.

  9. Dude
    July 28, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    what do you mean “The Best Current Estimate” and posting this on May 2007?? these numbers are more than 11 years old!!

    http://library.gallaudet.edu/dr/faq-statistics-deaf-states.html

  10. July 29, 2007 at 3:40 am

    the statistics in the field of mathematical science can be continued up to 10 years or so…depend on the changed enivornment, situation, and changes.

  11. michaeline styles
    January 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    hello,
    i am deaf woman and my name is michaeline styles
    my parents and i moved to lancaster, ohio last year where my brother live there. i tried to look for deaf people in lancaster. there is population about 37,000.00 in lancaster, ohio. there was interpreter in the church and she told me that she saw very few deaf people in lancaster not lots of people. there were more more deaf people and hard of hearing people in columbus, ohio. i went to the deaf asl social in columbus, ohio then westerville, ohio few times. there were some deaf people and more young people who learn to america sign language. i love deaf people because i am deaf too. i am only deaf in all of hearing family… please informantion about deaf people.. smile
    michaeline

  12. scott burley
    November 13, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    i am from california and i looked how many deaf people in california. seem no way. i knew texas more population. the guy told me that in texas had 2 million deaf population. the guy is hearing and he told me truth since the government had been hide the truth. thank u scott burley

  13. April 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Hello, and my name is Joseph Ochoa, a director of Education and Outreach for a non-profit organization, Bridges, Serving the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing Communities in Nashville, TN. I have been attending to police precincts, fire departments, EMT or First Responders, Red Cross, universities, and so forth to give a presentation on Deaf Awareness, Deaf/Hard of Hearing/ Irreversible hearing loss statistics, and modes of Communication that hearing people are able to select which mode to communicate when approach to either Deaf or Hard of Hearing person. Yes, I was born deaf with Waardenburg Syndrome. I was informed that there are approximately 7-10 percent of each city population are either Deaf/deaf/Hard of Hearing/ irreversible hearing loss. For example, the population of Nashville, Davidson County is 650,000 and there are approximately 77,000(plus) people with mild to severe hearing loss. For instance, soldiers from Fort Campbell, lost their hearing due to war background, such as bombing, fighting and so forth. Do we have any updated statistics other than 2007? Please let me know and thank you.

  14. April 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    In addition, out of 77,000 people with a range of hearing loss, approximately 10% or less are culturally Deaf/ Hard of Hearing or is a member of Deaf community in Nashville area.

  15. Jenni Porras
    December 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Does anyone know how deaf friendly Texas is compared to Kansas? We currently live in Olathe and are looking to relocate to Texas to get my 12 year old deaf son more resources and help. Any experience with deaf friendly states?

  16. March 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I am in Hawaii, and am trying to get a fix on the number of ASL users in the US. If you can help, please reply. Mahalo!

  17. Joneza
    March 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Does anyone have a link to this chart?

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