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This tool provides 60 data indicators related to a variety of topics. Broadly, the categories of data are:
- Demographics – includes data on race and ethnicity, income, poverty, recipients of SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), and rates of unemployment
- Food Environment – includes data on supermarkets, farmers markets, and the degree of access to healthy food retail outlets such as USDA’s Low Income, Low Access designated census tracts and TRF’s Limited Supermarket Access areas.
- Health – includes data on fruit and vegetable consumption, obesity, physical inactivity, and diabetes
- Federal Programs & Investments – includes eligibility data for various federal funding programs such as New Markets Tax Credits and Community Development Block Grants.
The data displayed by this tool can vary according to geography. For instance, you can view unemployment data for states, counties and municipalities but not zip codes. Some data sources are updated frequently; while other data are refreshed occasionally.
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Using Maps and Data to Make Your Case →
A map can be a powerful way to illustrate a community and its needs. For example, let’s look at maps for Zip Code 44106 (outlined in orange) which is located in Cleveland, Ohio.
The following is an example of a narrative description that you can write for a funding proposal using the data generated by the “Get Report” function for Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland and Zip Code 44106.
An estimated 83% percent of Cuyahoga County residents consume less than the recommended five servings of fruit or vegetables per day. As of 2009, in Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is located, 10.7% of adults have diabetes and 30% are obese. As of 2011, a fifth of Cuyahoga County residents participated in the federal food assistance program (SNAP), a rate that has doubled since 2000. SNAP benefits in 2011 amounted to $461,497,000 provided to program participants. Similarly, the number of families living in poverty in the county has also increased significantly - 36,535 in 2000 compared to 42,523 in 2012.
Almost a third of the County’s residents are concentrated in Cleveland, its largest city. Many of Cleveland’s low income residents have inadequate access to healthy foods. For example, the estimated household income for zip code 44106 is less than $35,000 per year and just two grocery stores are located within the zip code.
According to the USDA, an estimated 105 of the City’s 177 census tracts are Low Income, Low Access tracts. Based on TRF's 2011 Limited Supermarket Analysis (LSA), there are 8 LSA areas within Cleveland. 57,865 people live in one of these LSA areas and are considered to have limited access to healthy food. The estimated leakage for this area is $60,700,000, which represents the amount that residents spend at stores located outside of the LSA.