Download the Data

All data included in the Food Access Research Atlas are aggregated into an Excel spreadsheet for easy download. The Documentation section provides complete information on data sources and definitions.

"No data" fields are empty or referenced with "-9999".

Note for GIS users: The Atlas is based on 2010 census tract polygons. To use the underlying Atlas data in a GIS, the data from this spreadsheet needs to be joined to a census tract boundary file. With ESRI software, users should have access to the tract layer on ESRI's "Data and Maps" data distribution. For users of other software, tract boundaries can be downloaded directly from the Census Bureau's Cartographic Boundary Files.

The current version of the Food Access Research Atlas data file and documentation, along with the original Food Desert Locator version (archived) of the data and documentation, are available:


Data Set Last Updated Next Update
Current Version
Food Access Research Atlas Data Download 5/7/2013
Food Access Research Atlas Documentation 1/3/2014
Archived Version
Archived Food Desert Locator Data File 12/21/2011
Archived Food Desert Locator Documentation 2/27/2013