COVID-19 Socioeconomic Vulnerability

Case Studies

The economic and social repercussions of the novel coronavirus are already becoming evident and are likely to have a tangible, longer-term impact for many Memphians.

Built from national best practices, our interactive mapping tool takes a data-informed approach to identify the neighborhoods with the highest number of Memphis residents most vulnerable to the ongoing socio-economic impact of COVID-19. Foreclosure notices and eviction filings are also represented in the tool to see the overlap of socioeconomic vulnerability and increasing housing instability.

On reading the map:

  1. For best results, open in a new window by clicking the button below. The data may take a moment to load, but you should be able to zoom in and out and explore areas of interest quickly.
  2. All parcels where an eviction filing has taken place over the past 4 years or a foreclosure notice has been issued this year are color-coded in red and orange to contrast with the blues and grays of the index.
  3. Please note: This map serves as a baseline. We will update the contributing datasets and key findings as things progress.

Key Findings

View the one-pager pdf summary of our key findings


In the spirit of transparency and collaboration, we are providing our methodology for creating this tool, including any code used to analyze or pull data. We’d like to thank the Urban Institute for their work on creating a Low-Income Job Loss indicator at the tract level using recent unemployment rate data as well as the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership for their collaborative network of data partners that were vital in creating the methodology for this project.

View our methodology outline for more information on how this tool was created.

Please send any ideas for updates or improvements to the methodology to

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