Populations at Risk


Populations at Risk is a tool to generate reports with socioeconomic information about populations more likely to experience adverse social, health, or economic outcomes due to their race, age, gender, poverty status, or other factors.


What Is It?

The reports use the Census’ American Community Survey (ACS) to provide social, health, and economic data along with race, age, gender, poverty, and other socioeconomic measures.

As far as geographical ranges, the reports are available for nine levels of geography ranging from Census tracts to states. The specific geographic levels are:

  • Census tracts
  • Census designated places (communities)
  • American Indian and native areas
  • County subdivisions
  • Counties
  • Congressional districts
  • Combined statistical areas
  • Metro and rural portions of states
  • States

How Do I Get It?

Click here!

Populations at Risk is free to use. With the help of our partners, the BLM, US Forest Service, and Kresge Foundation, Headwaters Economics developed Populations at Risk to improve public access to high-quality data about our more vulnerable citizens.