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Low-Income and Low Access to a Grocery Store

This indicator shows the percentage of the total population in a county that is low income and living more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store if in an urban area, and more than 10 miles from a supermarket or large grocery store if in a rural area.

Low-Income and Low Access to a Grocery Store

6.2
10.3
Comparison: U.S. Counties 

8.0

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Categories: Environment / Built Environment, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 3,143 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: December 2012
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Why is this important?

The accessibility, availability and affordability of healthy and varied food options in the community increase the likelihood that residents will have a balanced and nutritious diet. A diet comprised of nutritious foods, in combination with an active lifestyle, can reduce the incidence of heart disease, cancer and diabetes and is essential to maintain a healthy body weight and prevent obesity. Low-income and under-served areas often have limited numbers of stores that sell healthy foods. People living farther away from grocery stores are less likely to access healthy food options on a regular basis and thus more likely to consume foods which are readily available at convenience stores and fast food outlets.

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