Environmental Justice Areas

Environmental Justice (EJ) refers to the process of evaluating and analyzing the planning process in reference to the most disadvantaged populations. Environmental Justice populations are identified by the federal government as low-income and minority populations. As part of our planning process, we are required to evaluate the impact our projects have on these populations.

The Indianapolis MPO identifies 7 Environmental Justice (EJ) populations: minority, low-income, limited English proficiency, no college degree, zero car households, people over 65, and disabled persons. Through our 2045 LRTP planning process, we identified EJ areas -- these are areas with concentrations of EJ populations that are given special consideration in planning analysis.

For each census block group within the Metropolitan Planning Area, 2019 ACS Five-Year data was used to compare the rate* of a specific EJ population within the block group to the rate of that population in the overall region. The map identifies which EJ populations for each block group exceed the regional rate for that population. Because the IMPO is federally mandated to document areas of high-minority and low-income populations, those categories are specifically highlighted in the map. The map also identifies five other EJ populations (limited English proficiency, no college degree, zero car households, people over 65, and disabled persons) that are not federally mandated, but are tracked because they can also be disproportionately impacted by transportation projects.

Click on a block group to see the EJ populations rates for that area, and compare them to the regional rates.

* The rate was determined by dividing the EJ population of an area by the total population of the same area.