Vulnerability represents the predisposition of a community, system, or asset (in our case, a neighborhood) to be adversely affected by a certain hazard. Social vulnerability is a measure of both the sensitivity of a population to natural hazards and its ability to respond to and recover from the impacts of hazards. It is a multidimensional construct, one not easily captured with a single variable, and varies across time and space since potential for losses vary temporally and geographically and among different socio-demographic characteristics, such as income, education, occupation, household composition, home ownership, minority status, gender, age (elderly and children), housing tenure, and vehicle access.
See below for maps of the Texas Social Vulnerability Score by Census Tract (top) and Block Group (bottom). The full report can be found in our Library.