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Rural Investments in Socially Vulnerable Communities

Rural Development finances investments that help communities thrive and become more resilient when confronted with adversity. A community’s ability to respond to disasters, health emergencies and other challenges depends in part on individual and communal resources and capacities. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has developed a Social Vulnerability Index based upon 16 social factors, including among others, poverty, unemployment, housing cost burden, education, health insurance, age, racial and ethnic minority status, housing type and crowding, and vehicle access. The index data is used in the dashboards below to identify Socially Vulnerable counties within the U.S. The dashboards indicate the amount and percentage of Rural Development financing these counties received from fiscal year 2012 to 2022, providing a closer look into how RD is supporting communities in need. More information about the Social Vulnerability Index can be found on the CDC website. Electric and Telecom programs are not included due to projects serving multiple census tracts. To view Electric and Telecom investments at the state level, please go to the Overview Dashboard.

NOTE: For assistance with the dashboards and/or help interpreting the data, please email us at USDA.RD.DATA@usda.gov

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