Food Environment Atlas

Food environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—interact to influence food choices and diet quality. These interactions are complex and more research is needed to identify causal relationships and effective policy interventions.

The objectives of the Atlas are:

  • to assemble statistics on food environment indicators to stimulate research on the determinants of food choices and diet quality, and
  • to provide a spatial overview of a community's ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.

Errata: On March 12, 2018, ERS revised five indicators for five counties in South Dakota (Pennington, Perkins, Potter, Roberts, and Sanborn). These indicators are SNAP benefits per capita 2010, SNAP benefits per capita 2015, percent change in SNAP benefits per capita 2010-2015, farmers' markets per 1,000 population 2016, and percent change in farmers' markets per 1,000 population 2009-2016. These indicators used the wrong population estimates in the denominator for the five counties.