As sea levels rise due to climate change, planners and policymakers in flood-prone areas must plan ahead to protect vulnerable residents from the effects of flooding. To plan effectively, they need vital information about the people and housing located in the floodplains. To meet this need, the NYU Furman Center, with funding from the Kresge Foundation, designed FloodzoneData.us, a tool that describes the housing stock and population in floodplains at the national, state, county, and census tract level. These data can help policymakers assess needs and formulate plans and policies for floodplain management.
Data for all the states were analyzed for the 100 year and the combined (100 yr and 500 yr) floodplains for children, seniors, race, ethnicity and poverty. For state by state information and the full publication go here.