Racial Disparities in Access to Community Water Supply Service in Wake County, North Carolina

Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Nicholas DeFelice, Daniel Sebastian & Hannah Leker
Anecdotal evidence suggests that historically African American communities on the fringes of cities and towns in North Carolina have been systematically denied access to municipal drinking water service. This paper presents the first statistical analysis of the role of race in determining water access in these fringe areas, known as extraterritorial jurisdictions. Using publicly available property tax data, we quantified the percentage of residences with municipal water service in each census block in Wake County...
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