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The HCI Vacancy Rates indicator measures the share of vacant residential properties within a neighborhood. Physical disorder related to blight and vacant properties is associated with many negative health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease and mental illness. Vacant residential properties are linked with higher levels of crime and illegal activity such as prostitution, drug sales, and drug use by adolescents, as well as increased risk of fire injury. Vacancy rates are also associated with worse maternal and infant health outcomes. High levels of “boarded-up housing” has been found to be a predictor of gonorrhea, premature mortality, diabetes, homicide, and suicide. Vacant housing is also a predictor of high blood lead levels in children. Vacancy rates are an “inverse” measure: the higher the proportion of vacant homes in a neighborhood, the lower the community health. Posted under Housing, vacancy rates also impacts economic health, social cohesion, health systems and public safety, and neighborhood characteristics. Data on housing vacancy is available from the U.S. Census.
|Lower South Providence||14.9%||18|
|Upper South Providence||15.1%||20|