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Quality of Place

Quality of Place is about the overall attractiveness of our community and the capacity for all people to thrive.

How we measure that is still evolving, but we know it will encompass a vibrant arts scene, the built environment, economic inequality, compassion, the natural environment, and civic engagement.

8th

 Louisville ranks 8th in percentage of population residing in the core county.

Percentage of Metro Area’s Population Residing in Core County

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Source: Wage and jobs data are from EMSI Analyst, Living Wage data are from MIT Living Wage Calculator based on core county of each MSA

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Natural Environment

15th

Louisville ranks 15th of 15 among our peers in Air Quality

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Source: County Health Rankings

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13th

Louisville ranks 13th of 15 among our peers in Air and Water Quality

 

 

 

 

 

Air and Water Quality is a composite score of two measures: air pollution—particulate matter and drinking water violations.

Air and Water Quality

Air Quality 2004

 

Source: County Health Rankings

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Built Environment

6th

Louisville ranks 6 of 15 in Housing & Transit

Housing & Transit

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Source: County Health Rankings

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Poverty & Inequity

13th

Louisville ranks 13th in poverty concentration, 40% or higher.

There are obvious financial problems associated with poverty. Poverty is also associated with lower educational attainment, food insecurity, much worse health, and exposure to violence. Challenges associated with poverty are exacerbated when living in a neighborhood with a high rate of poverty (with at least 20% poverty rate). There are fewer job opportunities and higher levels of psychological distress, among other things.

Poverty concentration in Louisville is getting worse: Since 2000, the percentage of poor people in Louisville living in poor neighborhoods (with at least a 20% poverty rate) has increased from 41.2% to 51.4%. This means that 51.4% of poor people in Louisville lived in neighborhoods with at least 20% of the residents living below the poverty line. We are even worse among our peers if we consider a 40% threshold: 19.1% of our poor residents live in neighborhoods with at least a 40% poverty rate, putting us 13 of 15 among our peers.

Poverty Concentration, 40% or Higher

Poverty40percent_2004

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10th

In Louisville, 7447 full-time workers are living below the poverty line.

These workers may also have other workers in the home. This number does not count all the workers who make sub-poverty wages but have other workers in the home who put the whole family above the poverty line.

Percentage worked full-time, year-round, income below poverty

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Source:  2013 ACS, 3-year Estimates

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7th

More than a quarter of Louisville’s kids live below the poverty line.

Under 18 years, percent below poverty level

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Source: 2013 ACS 3-year estimates

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7th

We rank 7th among our peer cities in median household income.

Median Household Income (in 2013 inflation-adjusted dollars)

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 American Community Survey, 3-Year Estimates

 

 

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15

There is a 15-year life expectancy gap among Louisville neighborhoods.

Five Year Life-Expectancy Average

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Source: Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity 2014: Louisville Metro Health Equity report: The Social Determinants of Health in Louisville Metro Neighborhoods

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Compassion

10th

Louisville ranks 10 of 15 among our peer cities for Family and Social Support.

Family and Social Support

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Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings

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11th

Louisville’s volunteerism rate in 2014 was 26.7% putting us 11th among peer cities.

2013 (3-year data) Volunteer Data

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Source: Volunteeringinamerica.gov; data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey’s Volunteer Supplement

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46%

45.9% of Louisville residents do favors for their neighbors

Percentage who do favors for their neighbors*

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*Data not available for all peers.

Source: Volunteeringinamerica.gov

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Safety

10th

Louisville ranks 10 of 15 among our peers for Community Safety.

The community safety metric focuses not only on violent crime rates, but turns to the rate of injury deaths to contribute to an overall ranking. Other measurements for these sub drivers include: unemployment rate, inadequate social support, children in single parent households, and percent of children living in poverty.

Community Safety Ranking

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Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings

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Sources

2013 ACS, 3-year estimates; 2014 ACS, 3-year estimates; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings; U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 American Community Survey, 3-Year Estimates; ACS, 5-year estimates; The Brookings Institute (Elizabeth Kneebone), “The Growth and Spread of Concentrated Poverty, 2000 to 2008-2012.” Available at: http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2014/concentrated-poverty#/M10420; volunteeringinamerica.gov; data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey’s Volunteer Supplement; Volunteeringinamerica.gov; Census, 2013 Estimates of resident pop. 1; Census, 2013 Estimates of resident pop. 2; Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity 2014: Louisville Metro Health Equity report: The Social Determinants of Health in Louisville Metro Neighborhoods
Source: volunteeringinamerica.gov
Census, 2013 Estimates of resident pop. 1; Census, 2013 Estimates of resident pop. 2
Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity 2014: Louisville Metro Health Equity report: The Social Derminants of Health in Louisville Metro Neighborhoods