Supermarket Access in Low-Income Areas

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) performed a detailed analysis of supermarket access in 10 metropolitan areas, and the results are discussed in a new video, “Getting to Market.”

Results from the analysis encourage users to view the locations of, and generate reports about, low-supermarket-access communities within the 10 metropolitan areas. This is highly useful data for those working at the national and local levels to tackle the problem of inadequate access through public policy and private investment. You can also access these data alongside any of PolicyMap’s 10,000 data indicators and full functionality at

For those interested in other metropolitan areas, TRF has made available a nationwide analysis of low-supermarket-access communities at

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Profiles of 10 Metropolitan Areas (PDFs)

 Atlanta, GA  Little Rock, AR
 Baltimore, MD  Los Angeles, CA
 Cleveland, OH  Louisville, KY
 Jackson, MS  Phoenix, AZ
 Las Vegas, NV  San Francisco, CA

Below are samples of data found on our interactive map

Map of the San Francisco area showing Low Access Areas with the access score for the area. Access scores are the degree to which a low/moderate-income community’s residents are underserved by supermarkets.

Map of Baltimore showing Low Access Areas against the estimated percentage of families that live in poverty.

Map of Cleveland showing Low Access Areas against the estimated population above the age of 65.