by Nick Castele
As part of our series Lead: Crisis Abandoned, we collected data on lead poisoning, infant mortality, income and race.
The numbers show that lead poisoning is not evenly distributed across Northeast Ohio. In some neighborhoods, virtually no children are poisoned. But there are lead hotspots. Many of these areas are also hotspots for other challenges to people’s health and well-being.
In the maps below, click on Cleveland neighborhoods and Cuyahoga County communities to see lead poisoning, infant mortality and demographic data for those areas.
Source: Lead poisoning data from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Ohio Department of Health. Asthma rates from the Prevention Research Center at Case Western Reserve University.
Communities with fewer than 100 child lead tests: Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Bratenahl, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Chagrin Falls township, Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga Heights, Gates Mills, Glenwillow, Highland Heights, Highland Hills, Hunting Valley, Independence, Linndale, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Newburgh Heights, North Randall, Oakwood, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, Orange, Pepper Pike, Seven Hills, Solon, Valley View, Walton Hills, Woodmere, Industrial Valley, University
Source: U.S. Census' American Community Survey five-year estimates, 2008-2012. Cleveland neighborhood estimates provided by Cleveland State University.
Source: Cuyahoga County Board of Health
Communities with fewer than 100 births: Industrial Valley, Bentleyville, Bratenahl, Brooklyn Heights, Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga Heights, Gates Mills, Glenwillow, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Newburgh Heights, North Randall, Oakwood, Orange, Valley View, Walton Hills, Highland Hills, Woodmere
Shapefiles showing boundaries between Cleveland statistical planning areas courtesy of the Center for Community Solutions. Cuyahoga County community shapefiles courtesy of the Cuyahoga County Department of Information Technology. Race and poverty data for Cleveland neighborhoods provided by Cleveland State University.