The “ Place ” section consists of multiple subcategories containing a number of indicators on housing, health, the environment, and travel/tourism.

Housing

View Data & Analytics

The housing market is an important economic indicator. It is often one of the first sectors to rise or fall when economic conditions improve or decline. Home construction is an important source of middle-class jobs in San Joaquin County and the broader North San Joaquin Valley (NSJV). In addition, a limited supply of housing can lead to high housing costs (i.e. rents and home sale prices), which can reduce the attractiveness of the region for new business investment and create affordable housing challenges. Limited affordable housing can result in long commutes, limited free time, displacement, less disposable income, and increased traffic congestion. Finally, high housing costs can increase homelessness while also making it more of a challenge to meet other financial needs.

Environment

View Data & Analytics

The environment affects and is affected by a number of choices people and communities make that range from how to live, how to get to work, how to purchase goods and services, and where to build homes, to mention just a few. Environmental quality directly affects the health and well-being of all residents and the ecosystem. For instance, energy consumption impacts the environment through the emission of greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants from fossil fuel combustion.

Transportation

View Data & Analytics

Transportation allows residents of San Joaquin County to travel for work and leisure and allows visitors to travel within the region. Transportation is also necessary for economic activity. Transportation is especially important for San Joaquin County and the broader North San Joaquin Valley (NSJV) region because of its significant transportation, warehousing, and logistics sectors.

Health

View Data & Analytics

Individual and community health is important for a thriving society. Socioeconomic status, access to preventive health care, environmental factors, lifestyle choices, genetics, educational attainment, and other social determinants of health contribute to outcomes. Evidence suggests that having a regular source of care produces better health outcomes, reduced disparities, and reduced costs. For instance, immunizations are among the most successful and cost-effective preventive health care interventions, helping children avoid contracting numerous serious and potentially fatal infectious diseases. The infant mortality rate measures deaths of babies before their first birthday. Infant mortality is associated with factors such as maternal health, quality of and access to medical care, and public health practices.

Tourism

View Data & Analytics

Travel and tourism is an important industry in many regions; the industry can bring external money into a region’s economy, fueling the development of jobs, new industry, and amenities. An area that serves as a travel/tourist destination also increases regional pride.