National Institute on Aging (NIA) Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging, USDA Agricultural Experiment Station Multistate Research Project
Flooding has become more common in the U.S. and poses health risks to individuals, families, and communities. However, not all places face the same risk of flooding. This brief describes how flood risk varies across places with different demographic and social characteristics. It shows that rural Census tracts and tracts with larger shares of socioeconomically vulnerable populations have larger relative shares of properties at risk of flooding.
Rural Health. Flooding, Spatial Disparities
Demography, Population, and Ecology | Sociology
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The authors acknowledge support from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (R24AG065159) and the USDA Agricultural Experiment Station Multistate Research Project: W4001, Social, Economic and Environmental Causes and Consequences of Demographic Change in Rural America. The authors also acknowledge the First Street Foundation for providing access to the flood risk data. The authors also extend appreciation to Dr. Shannon Monnat for editing an earlier version of this brief.
Rhubart, Danielle and Sun, Yue, "Flood Risk is Higher in Rural and Disadvantaged Communities" (2021). Population Health Research Brief Series. 144.
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