Deaf Postsecondary Data Dashboard
Postsecondary experiences of deaf people vary widely across the nation. This dashboard provides current estimates for employment and educational attainment in the United States based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
About the Data Dashboard
About This Data
Data for this dashboard are taken from the American Community Survey, an annual survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, providing the most recent information on employment and educational trends for deaf people in the United States. Survey respondents who stated that they were deaf, or had serious difficulty hearing, were used to represent the deaf population in these analyses. The 2022 sample included 44,276 deaf people, and the 5-year sample (2017-2021) used for state-level data included 404,256 deaf people. For more information, see our FAQs page.
Bloom, C.L, Palmer, J.L., & Winninghoff, J. (2023). Deaf Postsecondary Data from the American Community Survey
[Data visualization tool]. National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, University of Texas at Austin.
Data Dashboard FAQs
- How many deaf people live in the United States?
- Why does the National Level data use a 1-year estimate while the State Level data uses 5-year estimates?
- How many deaf people attend residential schools and mainstream schools?
- How many deaf people use sign language?
- What is the difference between unemployed and not in the labor force?
- Why are some of the age ranges 16-64 and other age ranges 25-64?