Fifty five percent (55%) of the U.S. population lives in counties protected by levees. This represents 157 million people.
Levees.org discovered this important information in a request to FEMA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The New Orleans Ladder has commissioned disaster geographer Ezra Boyd to create an interactive map using this levee data. By clicking on the icon below, you can access this free interactive map which provides details about every county in America that contains a levee(s).
NOTE: INTERACTIVE MAP BELOW REQUIRES SILVERLIGHT. ALSO, THIS SOPHISTICATED INTERACTIVE MAP – MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU AT NO COST – MAY TAKE A MINUTE OR LONGER TO LOAD.
In 2009, Levees.org commissioned Mr. Boyd to analyze the data. His research found that populations are wealthier and unemployment is lower in counties protected by levees. Specifically, per capita income was $1,500 greater in the counties with levees and poverty was 2% lower. They also pay more taxes. The results were published by the New Orleans Times Picayune, Homeland Security’s Newswire Service, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Insurance Journal.
The 2010 census results are coming out soon and there is an opportunity to update the study.