iIndicator Details

% Residents Living within a Food Desert (Low Income & Low Access)

Short Definition: % residents living in low income and low food access tracts

Long Definition:

This distance-based measure is assessed at the census tract level. Census tracts are identified as low access if one-third of its population or 500 residents live at least one mile from the nearest supermarket, supercenter, or large grocery store for urban tracts or 10 miles for rural tracts. Low-income low-access tracts represent a subset of low access tracts. Tracts are defined as low income if they have a poverty rate of 20 percent or more, or a median family income less than 80 percent of the state-wide median family income; or a tract in a metropolitan area with a median family income less than 80 percent of the surrounding metropolitan area median family income.

Data come from the US Department of Agriculture Food Access Research Atlas.

Agency Source: Health USDA

Time Period(s):
Calendar Year 2013

Geographies: RI Municipalities

Data Type: Numeric


This indicator allows us to assess the percentage of residents that live within a food desert as part of the Rhode Island Healthy Communities Plan Performance Measures.


Universe: All Rhode Island census tracts (2010)

Tags: Healthy Communities, Health

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