What is an Environmental Justice Community?
In Massachusetts a community is identified as an Environmental Justice community if any of the following are true:
- Block group whose annual median household income is equal to or less than 65 percent of the statewide median ($62,072 in 2010); or
- 25% or more of the residents identify as a race other than white; or
- 25% or more of households have no one over the age of 14 who speaks English only or very well - English Isolation
More information on the Environmental Justice communities in Massachusetts can be found below:
The Environmental Justice Viewer is an interactive map that shows which Census 2010 block groups are classified as EJ areas.
More information and details about the map and viewer are also available.
Downloadable Maps & Files
Regional maps (PDF)
- Statewide - 12 MB
- Boston - 3 MB
- Boston Metro - 4 MB
- Northeast - 4 MB
- Southeast - 5 MB
- Central - 4 MB
- Western - 3 MB
List of municipalities (PDF) with EJ Block Groups and statistics for each of these communities
ArcGIS Files & Spreadsheets
Download a .zip file (1.7 MB) containing:
- statewide Shapefile
- summary statistics (PDF and Excel files), and
- ArcGIS 10.0 layer file (.lyr)