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Houses Built Prior to 1950

This indicator shows the percentage of houses in the area built prior to 1950.

Houses Built Prior to 1950

18.8
32.2
Comparison: U.S. Counties 

23.5

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2012

County: Douglas

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Categories: Environment / Toxic Chemicals, Environment / Built Environment
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 3,143 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: January 2014
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Why is this important?

Houses built prior to 1950 that have not undergone substantial updates may contain hazardous materials. Lead based paint, which was banned in the United States in 1977, is a known toxin that causes nervous system damage, stunted growth and delayed development and is especially toxic to children under the age of six. Lead poisoning remains a major environmental health problem in the United States and the common source of exposure is dust from deteriorating lead paint in older homes. Homes built prior to 1950 are also likely to have asbestos insulation; the long-term inhalation of asbestos fibers is known to trigger cancer development specifically malignant mesothelioma and other lung diseases such as asbestosis.

Houses Built Prior to 1950 : Time Series

2005-2009: 26.4 2006-2010: 24.4 2007-2011: 23.9 2008-2012: 23.5

percent

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Houses Built Prior to 1950

Comparison: Prior Value 

23.5

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2012

County: Douglas

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Categories: Environment / Toxic Chemicals, Environment / Built Environment
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: January 2014

Why is this important?

Houses built prior to 1950 that have not undergone substantial updates may contain hazardous materials. Lead based paint, which was banned in the United States in 1977, is a known toxin that causes nervous system damage, stunted growth and delayed development and is especially toxic to children under the age of six. Lead poisoning remains a major environmental health problem in the United States and the common source of exposure is dust from deteriorating lead paint in older homes. Homes built prior to 1950 are also likely to have asbestos insulation; the long-term inhalation of asbestos fibers is known to trigger cancer development specifically malignant mesothelioma and other lung diseases such as asbestosis.

Houses Built Prior to 1950 : Time Series

2005-2009: 26.4 2006-2010: 24.4 2007-2011: 23.9 2008-2012: 23.5

percent

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