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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2015 American Housing Survey Statistics for Selected Metropolitan Areas

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Statistics,Urban Issues

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/cb17-tps01.html

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

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/acs/acsgeo-1.pdf

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

 

Teen Birth Rates for Urban and Rural Areas in the United States, 2007-2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics,Urban Issues,Youth

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db264.pdf

Though birth rates declined for teens in both rural and urban areas, the teen birth rate was lowest in large urban counties and highest in rural counties.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Family Options Study: 3-Year Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Income/Poverty,Urban Issues

https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/Family-Options-Study-Full-Report.pdf

Presents results of a lengthy study on the most cost-effective ways to house and serve homeless families.  Tracks 2,200 families and concludes that a long-term subsidy, usually a Housing Choice voucher, led to the best outcomes for reducing homelessness.  From the Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

Categories: African Americans,History,Housing/Homelessness,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

http://mappinginequality.us/

Interactive mapping scene which allows user to select an American city and view maps deriving from the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, a Depression era federal government program which provided information to financial institutions about investment risks and served to ghettoize African Americans and other minorities.  A joint project of librarians at the University of Maryland, University of Richmond, and Virginia Tech.

 

Green Space and Health

Categories: Environment,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology,Urban Issues

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0538/POST-PN-0538.pdf

Summarizes the evidence for physical and mental health benefits from contact with nature.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Creating Age-Friendly Cities

Categories: Elderly,Environment,Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0539/POST-PN-0539.pdf

By 2050 89% of the UK’s population will live in cities and 24% will be over 65.  This report examines how housing, outdoor spaces, and transportation can be made more age-friendly.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Global Human Settlement Layer

Categories: Environment,European Union,Maps/Geography,United Nations,Urban Issues

http://ghsl.jrc.ec.europa.eu/

New global database which focuses on the spatial distribution of the earth’s population and the development of built-up areas, population, and settlement patterns over the past 40 years.  From the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

 

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