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Grocery Store Density

This indicator shows the number of supermarkets and grocery stores per 1,000 population. Convenience stores and large general merchandise stores such as supercenters and warehouse club stores are not included in this count.

Grocery Store Density

0.20
0.15
Comparison: U.S. Counties 

0.15

stores/1,000 population
Measurement Period: 2011

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 3,138 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: February 2014
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Why is this important?

There are strong correlations between the density of grocery stores in a neighborhood and the nutrition and diet of its residents. The 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 communities often have limited access to stores that sell healthy food, especially high-quality fruits and vegetables. Moreover, rural communities often have a high number of convenience stores, where healthy and fresh foods are less available than in larger, retail food markets.

Grocery Store Density : Time Series

2007: 0.16 2008: 0.15 2009: 0.15 2011: 0.15

stores/1,000 population

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Grocery Store Density

Comparison: Prior Value 

0.15

stores/1,000 population
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Dallas

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

View Every County

Categories: Environment / Built Environment, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: February 2014

Why is this important?

There are strong correlations between the density of grocery stores in a neighborhood and the nutrition and diet of its residents. The 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 communities often have limited access to stores that sell healthy food, especially high-quality fruits and vegetables. Moreover, rural communities often have a high number of convenience stores, where healthy and fresh foods are less available than in larger, retail food markets.

Grocery Store Density : Time Series

2007: 0.16 2008: 0.15 2009: 0.15 2011: 0.15

stores/1,000 population

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View by:

Create Indicator Comparison Report