Community resilience tool finds rural communities are more vulnerable than urban counterparts to disasters

The U.S. Census Bureau developed a new experimental tool called the Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) that measures the ability of a community to respond to and recover from disasters and other emergencies—including COVID-19. Estimates are available at state and county levels. A state or county is considered high risk if at least 30 percent of the population has three or more risk factors (such as low household income, presence of chronic conditions, aged 65 and older, lack of health insurance). They found that 30 percent of all rural counties are at high-risk compared to only 14 percent of all urban counties. #covid-19 #rural

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