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The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is presenting these data tools for your information and use, but did not create them. These tools may be subject to copyright, and should be used within the terms of use outlined in any copyright restrictions.

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Category: Census-tract Data

Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool

Author: Council on Environmental Quality
Tool Type: Dashboard, National Data Source, State Data Source
Existing Data Source

The Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool provides information about environmental health burdens on communities.

Census Reporter

Author: Census Reporter
Tool Type: National Data Source, Questionnaire / Survey, State Data Source
Existing Data Source

Census Reporter provides journalists with easy access to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population and dollar figures are broken down by category: Demographics, Economics, Families, Housing and Social.

Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy Data

Author: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Tool Type: National Data Source
Existing Data Source

This is a dataset that provides information on severe housing problems and needs among households needing housing assistance, especially low-income households. The data are updated every four years (quadrennially) and available at the state, county, and census-tract levels through a web-based table generator (also known as a query tool) or complete downloadable sets of data files. The data are also stratified by race and ethnicity, household income, and more.

U.S. Decennial Census Data

Author: U.S. Census Bureau
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This census conducted every ten years by the United States Census Bureau counts every person living in the United States, regardless of citizenship status, and provides an accurate demographic makeup in the country. The data source provides detailed information about the characteristics of the U.S. population at the state level, including age, sex, race and ethnicity, household size, residence in urban or rural areas, etc.

Food Access Research Atlas

Author: U.S. Department of Agriculture–Economic Research Service
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This dashboard maps the selected food access indicators, such as the accessibility to sources of healthy food (the distance to the nearest grocery store), individual vehicles or public transportation availability, and the average income of the family or neighborhood to examine food security at the census-tract level and county levels. The data source is updated every four years (quadrennially), and the website features a comparison between the current and previous cycle data for users to track the difference geographically.

CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index

Author: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This tool is used to determine the relative social vulnerability of every U.S. Census Tract. The SVI data are updated bi-annually and available in different formats, such as interactive maps, tables, and excel files. SVI is based on themes including Socioeconomic Status, Household Characteristics, Racial and Ethnic Minority Status, and Housing Type and Transportation, which factors are associated with the community’s ability to prevent human suffering and economic loss from natural or human-caused disasters or disease outbreaks. More importantly, SVI helps public health officials and local planners identify socially vulnerable populations and better support the groups to prepare, respond, and recover from disaster or disease outbreak events.

American Community Survey

Author: U.S. Census Bureau
Tool Type: Dashboard, National Data Source
Existing Data Source

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide survey program conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. ACS offers one-year and five-year estimates, as well as demographic characteristics for states and localities. The ACS estimates are often used to track shifting demographics, learn about the local communities, and establish priorities for allocating funding and resources effectively for research and advocacy work.

Healthy Communities NC Dashboard

Author: Cape Fear Collective
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

The interactive Healthy Communities NC Data Dashboard brings together and visualizes indicator data related to the Healthy NC 2030 goals. Data are displayed at the county and census-tract levels, as well as by region (mountains, sandhills, Triangle, Charlotte-metro, etc.) and show relative rankings to compare one county to others across the state. Using this tool, you can see an overview of your county’s status and challenges, and compare them with other counties / communities in the state.