While disability rates for working-age people have increased nationwide since 2004, rural counties have seen the steepest increases overall.

Change in disability rate for each group of counties in people age 18-24

Disability rate includes individuals on SSDI, SSI, or both.

Sources: Social Security Adminstration SSDI Annual Report, 2004 and 2015; Social Security Adminstration SSI Annual Report, 2004 and 2015