Built Capital

Built capital is the infrastructure that helps people obtain their basic needs, such as shelter, access to clean water, healthy food, and a supply of energy. Improving this capital involves focusing investment, both financial and non-financial, on community assets, such as public facilities (e.g., hospitals, schools), grocery stores, water and sanitation, efficient transportation, quality housing, adequate infrastructure, and telecommunications. ND Compass offers data and information on access to healthy food, cost-burdened households, and home ownership rates, all which fall under the category of built capital. Go to http://www.ndcompass.org/community-building/key-measures.php?km=builtcapital#0-11367-g to see what ND Compass has for your county.

Notes: In this case, low access represents the percentage of people living more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store if in an urban area, or more than ten miles from a supermarket or large grocery store in a rural area.

A supermarket or large grocery store is a store with at least $2 million in annual sales containing all the major food departments found in a traditional supermarket, including fresh meat and poultry, dairy, dry and packaged foods, and frozen foods.

Sources: USDA Economic Research Service, Food Environment Atlas, and U.S. Census Bureau, Decennial Census.

You can also access information about the quality and needs of the various parts of North Dakota’s infrastructure by going to the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure-North Dakota found at http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/state-item/north-dakota/.