WASHINGTON — Overall access to supermarkets did not change from 2006 to 2010, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service.
Based on figures from the most recent census, “Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Updated Estimates of Distance to Supermarkets Using 2010 Data” found that 85% of Americans lived within three miles of the nearest supermarket, the same percentage as in 2006.
The report also said 80% of Americans lived within five miles of three supermarkets in 2010.
At the same time, not all segments of the population share equal access to supermarkets. Across the general population and in urban areas, low-income Americans and those living in low-income neighborhoods tend to live closer to supermarkets than their moderate- and high-income counterparts. The opposite is true in rural areas.