Cities with more crowding in their homes have higher reported COVID-19 case rates.
Greater Boston Communities by Community Type*, All Reported Cases January 1, 2020 to April 29, 2021. Crowded housing is defined by HUD as 1.0 or more occupants per room.
*Metro Core is defined as Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. There are 13 Gateway Cities in Greater Boston: Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Peabody, Quincy, Revere, and Salem. Rest of Greater Boston constitutes the remaining 130 communities in the region.
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Source:MA Department of Public Health, ACS 2019 5-Year EstimatesGet the data