Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Overcrowded America

One of the consequences of the affordable housing shortage is that many people are having to share apartments with more people than the buildings were designed to accommodate. The LA Times used data from the American Community Survey, spanning 2008 to 2012, to map where in the USA people are living in crowded homes. A home was considered crowded if it housed more than one person per room.

Using the LA Times' interactive map you can search any town or city in the United States to view the percentage of over crowded homes in each zip-code area. Mapping the Country's Crowded Homes reveals that Southern California has 134 crowded zip-codes. The scaled markers on the map show the percentage of homes in each neighborhood with crowded homes which are overcrowded. If you hover over one of these markers you can discover how many housing units are overcrowded and how the zip-code area ranks compared to the rest of the USA.

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