Percent of Severe Housing Problems By County (2008 to 2012)


Today’s map of the day shows the percent of severe housing problems by county for years 2008 to 2012. Severe housing problems was defined as households with at least 1 of 4 housing problems including: overcrowding, high housing cost, or lack of kitchen or plumbing facilities. From the map we can see a large portion of counties within Alaska and some western states, such as California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington have a higher percentage of severe housing problems indicated by the dark shaded counties compared to counties within other regions, such as the Midwest.

By Julia Watson

Percent of Children in Poverty in 2014

The United States is classified as one the the major developed economies according to the United Nations [1]. However, with its economic advancement children within the U.S. a good proportion of children still live in poverty. This is problematic because research has shown individuals living in poverty are more likely to encounter issues such as hunger, thirst and health issues.  The map below shows the percent of children who were living in poverty in 2014. From the map we can see only a few counties are shaded white whereas the majority of US counties are shaded indicating most children, to some degree, are living in poverty. From the map we can also see that in some counties close to half the children are living in poverty, indicated by the darker shade. Maps such as this allow policy makers, health providers and health advocates see where resources are most need.

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By Julia Watson

Vacant Housing Units 2010- 2014

This map was put together by Meharry Medical College with data from 2010- 2014 from the  America Community Survey. The data represents the percentage empty housing units across the US with the lightest color representing 1-12.4% and the darkest red color showing 44.9-81.3%. View this map and other data maps on