Disability Application Approval Rates for All 50 U.S. States

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How hard is it to get approved for monthly disability benefits from the federal government? In fact, the real answer is, “it depends.” Knowing what specific program you apply for can make a huge difference. In addition, disability application approval rates for children are often much higher than those for adults. Another factor most people don’t take into consideration? Which state they currently live in. While the Social Security Administration administers both federal disability programs, your state plays a role in the application approval process. Below, we list average approval rates in all 50 states for both federal disability programs in 2018.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Application Approval Rates By State

The table below shows average SSI application approval rates in every state broken down into the following categories:

  • SSI application approval rates for children as well as adults
  • Overall SSI application approval rate by state, shown as a percentage of total claims filed
State Adult SSI Application Approval Rates Child SSI Application Approval Rates Avg. SSI Application Approval Rate
Alabama 31% 35% 33%
Alaska 55% 79.4% 57.2%
Arizona 34% 52% 43%
Arkansas 34.6% 43% 39%
California 39% 54.5% 46.75%
Colorado 46% 70% 58%
Connecticut 35.4% 45% 40%
Delaware 38% 40% 39%
Florida 39% 47% 43%
Georgia 35% 37% 36%
Hawaii 40% 56.6% 48%
Idaho 71% 48% 59.5%
Illinois 38% 46% 42%
Indiana 31% 39% 35%
Iowa 42.7% 54.4% 49%
Kansas 53% 60% 56.5%
Kentucky 32.4% 46% 39%
Louisiana 42% 44% 43%
Maine 39% 57% 48%
Maryland 34% 55.5% 45%
Massachusetts 46% 58% 52%
Michigan 39% 47% 43%
Minnesota 44% 63% 53.5%
Mississippi 26% 31% 28.5%
Missouri 38% 52% 45%
Montana 43% 63% 53%
Nebraska 49% 59% 54%
Nevada 37% 48.5% 43%
New Hampshire 57% 70% 63.5%
New Jersey 40% 48.5% 44%
New Mexico 39% 54% 46.5%
New York 41% 55% 48%
North Carolina 33.5% 43% 38%
North Dakota 57% 70% 63.5%
Ohio 36% 42% 39%
Oklahoma 34% 47% 40.5%
Oregon 50% 75% 62.5%
Pennsylvania 39% 46% 42.5%
Rhode Island 39% 49.5% 44%
South Carolina 33% 36% 34.5%
South Dakota 43% 63.4% 53%
Tennessee 33% 45% 39%
Texas 39% 75% 57%
Utah 51% 69% 60%
Vermont 50% 69% 59.5%
Virginia 45% 48% 46.5%
Washington 42% 60% 51%
West Virginia 31% 47% 45.5%
Wisconsin 42% 56% 49%
Wyoming 59% 69% 64%

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Application Approval Rates By State         

Below, find your state’s SSDI application approval rates for adult claimants in 2018:

  • Alabama – 38%
  • Alaska – 49%
  • Arkansas – 39.2%
  • Arizona – 34%
  • California – 37%
  • Colorado – 43%
  • Connecticut – 45%
  • Delaware – 48%
  • Florida – 36%
  • Georgia – 37.4%
  • Hawaii – 37.4%
  • Idaho – 45%
  • Illinois – 42%
  • Indiana – 37%
  • Iowa – 46.4%
  • Kansas – 51%
  • Kentucky – 34%
  • Louisiana – 50%
  • Maine – 41%
  • Maryland – 43%
  • Massachusetts – 48%
  • Michigan – 46%
  • Minnesota – 45%
  • Mississippi – 32%
  • Missouri – 45%
  • Montana – 41%
  • Nebraska – 49%
  • Nevada – 37%
  • New Hampshire – 56%
  • New Jersey – 45%
  • New Mexico – 36%
  • New York – 45%
  • North Carolina – 34%
  • Ohio – 44%
  • Oklahoma – 32%
  • Oregon – 43%
  • Pennsylvania – 49%
  • Rhode Island – 48%
  • South Carolina – 39%
  • South Dakota – 43%
  • Tennessee – 33%
  • Texas – 33%
  • Utah – 39%
  • Vermont – 50%
  • Virginia – 47%
  • Washington – 44.4%
  • West Virginia – 37%
  • Wisconsin – 44%
  • Wyoming – 58%

Concurrent Claim & Combined Adult Application Approval Rates By State               

We averaged the overall adult disability application approval rates for each U.S. state for you below. This includes all individual disability application approval rates as well as what the SSA calls “concurrent claims.” Concurrent application approval rates indicate when the SSA screens a single claim for both SSI and SSDI programs at once.

State Combined Avg. Application Approval Rate (All Programs) Avg. Application Approval Rate, Concurrent Claims Only
Alabama 31.5% 23.6%
Alaska 48% 36%
Arizona 29% 19%
Arkansas 33.5% 24%
California 35% 23%
Colorado 41% 27.4%
Connecticut 35.4% 22%
Delaware 39.5% 27%
Florida 35% 25%
Georgia 33.6% 26%
Hawaii 34.6% 22%
Idaho 42% 27%
Illinois 37% 26%
Indiana 31% 22%
Iowa 39% 23.7%
Kansas 47.4% 32%
Kentucky 30% 19%
Louisiana 42.5% 35%
Maine 36% 22%
Maryland 33% 22%
Massachusetts 42% 25%
Michigan 39% 26.5%
Minnesota 39% 22%
Mississippi 26% 20%
Missouri 37% 25%
Montana 37% 24%
Nebraska 44% 31%
Nevada 34% 25%
New Hampshire 51.6% 38%
New Jersey 39% 25%
New Mexico 34% 25%
New York 39% 25%
North Carolina 31% 22%
North Dakota 46% 29%
Ohio 36% 25.5%
Oklahoma 29.5% 20.5%
Oregon 40% 23%
Pennsylvania 40% 28%
Rhode Island 39% 24%
South Carolina 33.5% 27%
South Dakota 37% 23%
Tennessee 30% 21.4%
Texas 33.3% 24%
Utah 40% 26%
Vermont 45% 31.4%
Virginia 43% 33%
Washington 38% 24%
West Virginia 31% 20%
Wisconsin 38% 23%
Wyoming 54.5% 41%

Related: How Do They Calculate Social Security Disability Payments?

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