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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 of 17 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

Natural Environment

 

10th

Louisville ranks 10th among its peers in average tree canopy coverage.

Tree Canopy

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Source: MRLC, National Land Cover Database

17th

Louisville ranks 17th of 17 among our peers in Air Quality

Air pollution only

Air Quality - 2014

Source: County Health Rankings

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15th

Louisville ranks 15 of 17 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 Rank

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Source: County Health Rankings

Built Environment

 

3rd

Louisville ranks 3 of 17 in Housing & Transit

Housing and Transit is a composite score that includes the following three measures: severe housing problems, driving alone to work, and long commute-driving alone. Note: all except Memphis were within one standard deviation of the mean.

Housing and Transit Rank

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Source: County Health Rankings

7th

Louisville ranks 7th of 17 in Developed Open Space

Developed open spaces are areas with a mixture of some constructed materials, but mostly vegetation in the form of lawn grasses.  These most commonly include parks, golf courses, and vegetation planted in developed settings for recreation, erosion control, or aesthetic purposes.

 

Open Space – image coming soon

 

Source:  MRLC National Land Cover Database

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Poverty & Inequity

 

16th

Louisville ranks 16th 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 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 16 of 17 among our peers.

Poverty Concentration, 40% or Higher

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Source: Brooking Institution, Elizabeth Kneebone (2014). The growth and spread of concentrated poverty, 2000 to 2008-2012. Available at http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2014/concentrated-poverty#/M10420

2nd

Louisville is 2nd in percent of population with low access to grocery stores.

Percent of Population with Low Access to Grocery Stores

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Source: USDA, Food Environment Atlas

11th

In Louisville, 7447 full-time workers 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.

Percent Worked Full Time, Year Round, Income Below Poverty

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Source:  2013 ACS, 3-year Estimates

9th

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

10th

We rank 10th 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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There is a 15-year life expectancy gap among Louisville neighborhoods. (Map)

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

Compassion

 

13th

We rank 13th among our peer cities in Family & Social Support as a Health Factor.

Family and Social Support

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Source: County Health Rankings

14th

Louisville’s volunteerism rate in 2014 was 26.7% putting us 14th among peer cities.

2013 (3-year data) Volunteer Rate

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

Safety

 

11th

Louisville ranks 11th of 17 among 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

Business Environment

14th

Louisville ranks 14th in Patents.

Patents – image coming soon

 

Source: CEOs for Cities

9th

Louisville ranks 9th among peers in Venture Capital.

Venture Capital – image coming soon

 

Source: CEOs for Cities

13th

Louisville ranks 13th of 17 in Entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship – image coming soon.

 

Source: CEOs for Cities

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Louisville ranks 13th of 17 in Small Business.

Small Business – image coming soon

 

Source: CEOs for Cities

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