Community Snapshot

These 48 counties hold the nation’s largest cities, from New York to Nashville, and they are densely packed: 99% of the population lives in urban places as defined by the Census.

Big Cities house about 81.2 million of the U.S. population. Big Cities are among the most educated community types with 39% holding bachelor’s degrees. Other bright spots: The median Black/white residential segregation rate is 54, which is 9 points lower than the national average. The median broadband internet rate is 88%, which is 1 point above the national average. However, the median severe housing cost burden — the percentage of households that spend 50% or more of their household income on housing — stands at 16%, which is 2 points higher than the national average.

College Education

39% Have a bachelor's degree

Vol. 3 2020-2021

Deaths of Despair Across America

The American Communities Project is undertaking a 30-month study of Deaths of Despair in its 15 community types.

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