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Community Characteristics

Community Characteristics Indicators

The Tracking Network uses several national data sources, including federal agencies, to obtain state and local data about community characteristics.

Flood Vulnerability

This indicator provides county level data on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated Special Flood Hazard Area including number of square miles within the area, the number of people living in the area, and the number of housing units within the area. These data can be used to estimate the number of people and housing units at risk from flooding.

Households

This indicator provides information about the housing units within a community. It includes the total number of housing units, as well as the number and percent of housing units with 10 or more units, more people than rooms, and no vehicle available. In addition, you can find the number and percent of vacant housing units, renter-occupied housing, and mobile homes. Also included are data on the number and percent of the population living in group quarters. Census tract, county, and state level data are available.

Land Cover

This indicator provides census tract, county, and state level data on the percent of land covered by water, percent of land covered by forest, and percent of developed imperviousness.

Land Use

This indicator provides census tract, county, and state level data on the percent of land used for agriculture and percent of developed land use. It also provides rural-urban county classifications.

Additional community characteristics indicators and measures will be added as they become available.

Community characteristics data can be used with Tracking Network data on Populations and Vulnerabilities for public health preparedness.


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