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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Insurance and Access to Care in Urban and Rural Areas, 2014-2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics,Urban Issues

Uses three measures—percentage of people uninsured, percentage without a usual source of care, and percentage reporting unmet need for medical care/dental care/prescription drugs—to compare the quality of health care in rural and urban American areas.  Non-metro residents fared worse in the comparison.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Urban and Rural Variation in Fertility-Related Behavior Among U.S. Women, 2011-2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Health/Medical,Sex Issues,Statistics,Urban Issues,Women

This report describes urban-rural differences in first sexual intercourse, marital and cohabitation status, number of births, and contraceptive use.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2016

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,Urban Issues

Real GDP increased in 267 of 382 metropolitan areas during 2016.    The range was from +8% in two Oregon and Louisiana metro areas to -13% in Odessa, Texas.  Displays metro areas alphabetically with GDP in millions of dollars annually from 2011 to 2016 and 2016 rank.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis


Responding to Urban Decay

Categories: Business/Economics,Urban Issues

Reviews economic studies on how to revitalize declining cities.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


Housing Needs of American Indiana and Alaska Natives in Urban Areas: A Report from the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Native Americans,Statistics,Urban Issues

Finds that 65% of those who identify themselves solely as American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian (AIAN) live in an urban area where they are younger, poorer, less educated, and living in poorer housing conditions. One of five reports on housing problems among AIAN populations.  From the Department of Housing and Urban Development


HUD Releases Comprehensive Assessment of Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Native Americans,Urban Issues

Press release describing the housing assessment project (completed during the Obama administration) and reporting major findings.  Includes links to major studies.  From the Department of Housing and Urban Development


2015 American Housing Survey Statistics for Selected Metropolitan Areas

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Statistics,Urban Issues

Press release announcing availability of housing statistics for major metro areas including the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-DC-VA-MD-WV area.  Data include housing costs, repair frequency, reason for moving, and even food insecurity.  Requires use of AHS Table Creator to build customized tables.  From the Census Bureau


Defining Rural at the U.S. Census Bureau

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Maps/Geography,Population/Census,Urban Issues

Highlights the history of how the concept of “rural” has been defined by the Census Bureau, the current delineations of urban and rural areas, and the relationship that exists between decennial censuses, the American Community Survey, and geography.  From the Census Bureau


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