Mobility Scooter Statistics: A Closer Look

Mobility scooters are electric-powered scooters designed to improve mobility for individuals with disabilities and older adults. 

They provide an alternative to traditional manual or powered wheelchairs. 

Mobility scooters allow users to travel farther distances with less fatigue and greater independence.

This article takes a closer look at mobility scooter use, delving into user demographics, experiences, accessibility challenges, and more. 

We utilize recent statistics from the United States to shed light on mobility scooter prevalence, costs, comparison to other mobility devices, and the daily lives of users. 

The goal is to provide insights into this important assistive technology tool and the populations that rely upon it for community participation and independent living.

Prevalence of Mobility Scooter Use

  • According to 2017 statistics from the United States:
    • There were approximately 142,000 mobility scooter users out of 1.6 million total wheelchair and scooter users.
    • This represents 0.05% of the total US population using scooters.
  • Usage is highly concentrated among older adults:
    • Nearly all scooter users are over age 65
      • Out of 142,000 total scooter users, only 78 were aged 18-64
    • The vast majority (64,000) of scooter users are age 65 and older

Overall, mobility scooter use represents a small but significant portion of the population, especially among older adults. The aging population suggests usage may continue to increase in the coming years.

Comparison to Other Mobility Devices

  • Mobility scooters are much less common than other assistive devices:
    • Scooters represent 9% of mobility devices used, far less than wheelchairs (95% of wheelchair/scooter users)
    • Also less common than:
      • Canes (used by 29% of those with mobility disabilities)
      • Crutches (3%)
      • Walkers (11%)
  • However, scooters fill an important niche for those who cannot effectively use manual wheelchairs but do not require a powered wheelchair.
  • For some populations, especially older adults, mobility scooters empower independent mobility that may not be achievable through other means.

Mobility Scooter User Demographics

  • Age – Nearly all mobility scooter users are over age 65, with very few younger adult users.
  • Disability Type – Usage likely correlated with conditions that limit mobility such as:
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Arthritis
    • COPD
    • Other disorders affecting mobility
  • Sex52.1% of Mobility Scooter users are women, compared to the higher women proportion using manual wheelchairs (63.4%)

Here is a draft report for an article on mobility scooter usage per state or region in the US:

Mobility Scooter Usage Varies Widely Across the US

Mobility scooters provide a valuable means of transportation and increased independence for many Americans with mobility impairments. 

However, new data shows significant variation in scooter usage across different regions and states.

Regional Differences

The West has the lowest rate of mobility scooter usage, with only 0.05% of the population using scooters. In contrast, the Northeast has the highest usage rate at 0.08%. 

The South and Midwest fall in between at 0.06% and 0.07%, respectively.

Several factors may contribute to these regional differences. 

The West has a younger population on average, while the Northeast tends to have an older population. Since many scooter users are elderly, age demographics likely play a role. 

The Northeast also has a higher population density and more sidewalks, which facilitate scooter use. 

Additionally, winter weather conditions in the Northeast and Midwest may encourage scooter use for those unable to walk safely on snow and ice.

State-by-State Variation

At the state level, scooter usage ranges from 0.01% in Utah to 0.14% in Maine. 

In general, New England states have the highest rates, along with Florida. 

States with lower rates tend to be found in the West and parts of the South.

The state-level differences can again be partly attributed to age demographics. 

Florida has the highest concentration of elderly residents, which likely boosts scooter usage. States like Utah have younger populations, resulting in lower demand. 

Geographic factors also come into play, with mountainous western states less accommodating to scooters than flatter coastal areas.

Additional data on disability rates, walkability, public transit access, and insurance coverage would provide further insight into the state-by-state variations. 

But it is clear that significant geographic differences exist in scooter usage across the US. 

Public policy and marketing campaigns around scooters need to be sensitive to these regional and state disparities.

Key Takeaways

  • Scooter usage is highest in the Northeast (0.08%) and lowest in the West (0.05%)
  • New England states and Florida tend to have the highest scooter use, while Western and some Southern states have lower use
  • Age demographics, climate, topography, and walkability help explain the geographic variations
  • More data is needed to fully understand the state differences in scooter usage and demands

In summary, mobility scooter usage is far from uniform across the United States. 

Understanding the regional and state differences can lead to more effective policy and business decisions around this important mobility assistance technology.

Daily Experiences of Mobility Scooter Users

  • Mobility scooters enable users to participate in daily activities including:
    • Transportation
    • Errands and shopping
    • Medical appointments
    • Social and community activities
    • Recreation and leisure
  • Scooters allow mobility in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • However, accessibility challenges still exist:
    • Lack of curb cuts and ramps
    • Narrow doorways/aisles
    • Limited space on public transit
    • Difficulty navigating uneven terrain
      • Poor sidewalk maintenance
      • Lack of smooth/paved paths in parks, and other public spaces
    • Stigma and discrimination remain barriers
  • Need for increased accessibility in the design of public spaces, buildings, and transportation to fulfill scooter potential for independent living and community integration.

Multiple Mobility Aid Usage

Mobility scooters, manual wheelchairs (MWCs), and powered wheelchairs (PWCs) all serve as critical tools in enhancing the freedom and independence of those who need them.

A significant number of users utilize more than one type of mobility device, often driven by different requirements or circumstances.

According to the data, approximately 50,620 individuals reportedly use two devices, either one of each type or two of the same kind. 

This group constitutes around 17.5% of all wheelchair and scooter users, showcasing the importance of having multiple options available to address varying user needs and circumstances.

In addition to this, an extra 4,520 individuals reportedly use all three types of mobility devices – MWCs, PWCs, and scooters. 

These users represent about 1.6% of all wheelchair and scooter users, demonstrating that a small yet significant portion of the population relies on the flexibility of having access to all types of mobility devices.

Costs and Affordability

  • Mobility scooters may be more affordable than powered wheelchairs for some users. However, costs remain prohibitive for many:
    • Scooter costs range from $500 to $1500 for a low-end model and up to $5000 to $8000 for a high-end model with more features.
    • Medicare and Medicaid provide limited coverage, often only for basic models.
    • Private insurance coverage varies widely.
    • Out-of-pocket costs are unaffordable for many older adults and persons with disabilities.
  • Increased public funding and private insurance coverage are needed to make mobility scooters accessible for all who would benefit.
  • Creative solutions like scooter-share programs also have the potential to improve affordability and access.


  • Mobility scooters are an important assistive technology for older adults and persons with disabilities.
  • Usage is currently concentrated among older adult populations but has the potential to increase with aging trends.
  • Key barriers to a fuller realization of benefits include affordability challenges and lack of accessibility in public spaces.
  • Additional data collection and research are needed to better understand user populations, experiences, and evolving mobility needs.
  • With increased support, mobility scooters can empower independent living and community integration for growing numbers of people with limited mobility.


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All the claims made in this article are only for informational purposes, based on the writer’s experience and not clinical advice. You should always consult your physician or physical therapist if you have any doubts about how this applies to your specific case.