Tutorial: Exploring Neighborhood Equity

Areas within your city will not be equally susceptible to a hazard. Even after you have determined on which hazards to focus, it can be a daunting task to direct adaptation efforts. The sub-city page will help you identify social vulnerabilities in your city and determine where to focus efforts.


Your city’s map is broken up by the grids following census tracts. Hover over tracts to access demographic data for that tract. Indicators are available for built environment and social vulnerabilities. You can expand or hide them with a click. Notice that the built environment indicators are different for each hazard. Click on any one built environment indicator to visualize  where the highest percentage of the indicator exists. For example in South Bend, the highest percentage of population in a high risk flood zone is in this area, indicated with the largest circle. Hover over each tract to activate demographic data and exact percentages. Please note that built environment variables are not included for drought as there were no national dataset at the census level relevant to this hazard.


Hover over each indicator for a brief justification on why the indicator was selected. Click on Learn More for in-depth explanations available in the Methodology section.


The sub-city page also allows you to overlay aspects of your City’s built environment that impact climate risk with social vulnerabilities. Select a social vulnerability indicator to overlay with built indicators. A darker color means a higher density of the population within a tract falls under this category. Census tracts with the strongest built environment risk indicators and highest density of socially vulnerable individuals would most likely benefit from adaptation expenditures. Simply click on “Reset” to remove all filters and assess different built environment indicators and social vulnerabilities in your city.


You have just unlocked a lot of data and insights on how your city can best adapt to climate-related risks! Don’t forget to download or share your data.