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Social Vulnerability Index

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Social Vulnerability Index

By CDC/ATSDR/GRASP

Interactive maps with visual representations of the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI)

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Dataset

Update frequency

Annually

Updated

Apr 15, 2021

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Social vulnerability refers to the resilience of communities when confronted by external stresses on human health, stresses such as natural or human-caused disasters, or disease outbreaks. Lowering social vulnerability can decrease both human suffering and economic loss. This Social Vulnerability Index, from the ATSDR, dataset uses U.S. Census variables at tract level to help local officials identify communities that may need support in preparing for hazards, or recovering from disaster.

Census tracts are subdivisions of counties for which the Census collects data. The CDC SVI ranks each tract on 15 social factors, including poverty, lack of vehicle access, and crowded housing, and groups them into four related themes.

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