Indicator Profile of Risk Factor for Childhood Lead Exposure: Pre-1950 Housing

Why Is This Important?

While all children in New Jersey are at risk of exposure to lead, children who reside in homes build prior to 1950 are at elevated risk due to the potential presence of leaded paint.

Major sources of lead exposure to children are: peeling or deteriorated leaded paint; lead-contaminated dust created by renovation or removal of lead-containing paint; and lead contamination brought home by adults who work in an occupation that involves lead, or who engage in a hobby where lead is used.

Children are more vulnerable to lead poisoning than adults. The first six years of life are the time when the brain grows the fastest, and when the critical connections in the brain and nervous system that control thought, learning, hearing, movement, behavior and emotions are formed. The normal behavior of very young children (crawling, exploring, teething, and putting objects in their mouth) exposes young children to lead that is present in their environment.

Pre-1950 Housing Units in New Jersey, Number by County as of 2011

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Data Notes

Data from U.S. Census 2011 ACS.  /image/indicatormaps/Pre50House.jpg - this is old map and location

Data Sources

United States Census Bureau; 

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Number or percent of pre-1950 housing units

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of residential housing units built prior to 1950 in a geographic area (based upon 2011 American Community Survey data)
Denominator: Number of residential housing units in a geographic area (based upon 2011 population data from American Community Survey)

Page Content Updated On 08/06/13, Published on 08/06/13
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