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Disability limiting mobility

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DIFFMOB indicates whether the respondent has any physical, mental, or emotional condition lasting six months or more that makes it difficult or impossible to perform basic activities outside the home alone. This does not include temporary health problems, such as broken bones or pregnancies.


This variable is available only in the 2009-onward CPS.

Comparability with IPUMS-USA

This variable is fully comparable to the IPUMS-USA variable DIFFCARE, although the CPS question wording differs slightly from that in the pre-2008 ACS data.


  • Persons age 15+.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2008 - - - - - - X X X X X X X
2009 – 2017 X X X X X X X X X X X X X
2018 X - - - - - - - - - - - -