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Traffic, Air Pollution, and Human Demographics in New York

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Traffic congestion by Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Traffic, Air Pollution and Human Demographics Data

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You can also explore this dataset on TUVA, an interactive graphing platform.


Air pollution from traffic can be a major problem in many parts of the world. However, the amount of traffic varies based on where you are, even within a small area such as a city or a county. This dataset examines how traffic congestion and associated pollutants are related to the demographics of the populations that live near traffic. The study of how environmental factors relate to societal factors like the rate of poverty is called Environmental Justice.

Data Sampling & Compilation

Data Sources:  Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool (EJSCREEN) 

Prepared by Nicole Javalay (SUNY Oneata) & Jeffrey Weber (NYC Teaching Fellow).