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Another interesting fact about those who are on social security disability is the distribution of people receiving disability benefits. My home state of Ohio is a great example since Ohio's population demographics closely mirror those of the nation as a whole.
Those counties that have the highest percentage of adults on social security disability are those counties that also have the highest rates of unemployment as well as the highest incidence of poverty. The counties with the lowest percentage of adults on disability are those mostly the affluent suburban counties as well as some primarily agricultural counties. It is also rather ironic that those counties with the lowest percentage of adults on disability are also those with the lowest rates of unemployment as well as some of the highest per capita incomes as well.
Check it out on this link: http://www.bgsu.edu/downloads/cas/file36243.pdf
I am sure that if you checked out U.S. Census figures about the disabled population and distribution, you would find very similar corelations. In those counties and localities where incomes are lower and unemployment is higher then the national average; most likely they will also show a much higher percentage of adults on disability. While at the same time, those counties and localities where the population has incomes higher than the national average and lower unemployment rates have much lower percentages of adults on disability.
If one looks at those disability statisics, it is obvious that when someone is better educated or holds a "better" job, they tend to remain productive longer than those who are less educated and those who have manual labor or low wage jobs.