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Environmental Health and Racial Disparities in Buffalo

Date: Dec 31, 2009
Author(s): Sam Magavern, Partnership for the Public Good
Topic(s): Environment: General, Health: Health Disparities
Type: Fact Sheet

Buffalo’s low-income residents suffer from a host of health problems exacerbated by the environmental problems in their housing and their overall environment.  Nationally, roughly one third of the adults living in poverty are disabled. In the city of Buffalo, the Census estimates that 21.1% of the population is disabled, compared to a national average of 15.1%. In addition to working in low wage jobs, many of the residents of the East and West Side suffer from health problems and disabilities.