January 17, 2022, by Erik Larson

New Census Data Spotlights Social Vulnerability and Equity

Data to understand our communities and their resiliency

Our contribution to the conversation today in honor of Martin Luther King Day is to help promote a fantastic new data product from Census. You can read Census' own release about the data here and you can access the data here. Data are available at national, state, county and even tract level!

Using 2019 ACS data the analysis provides an estimate of vulnerability based on 10 risk factors, including health insurance access, housing, broadband, educational attainment and more. You can analyze the portion of the population living with 0, 1-2 and 3+ risk factors across all geography levels.

As the discussion around both equity and community resiliency in the U.S. gains momentum, these data will provide a value baseline based on individual and household level surveys. In other words, the data are objective.

We put together a quick visual below showing county-level data where you can see, at a glance, which areas of the country have higher and lower percentages of folks living with no risk factors. The visual has more data provided in tooltips on hover, so you can get a feel for what's there.

If you'd like more information on this or other data, feel free to send us a message.