Mapping Outhouses


1.6 million Americans don’t have indoor plumbing. Here’s where they live.

Lots of people complain about those pesky questions on the census for – but they give us a picture of America.  And the data guides up to $416 billion in federal spending.  Without data, the government would have no idea of whether or not they money was being spent in the neediest areas.

So where are those areas?  Who lives there?  Why don’t they have indoor plumbing?  As the article points out, indoor plumbing is a recent addition to US homes.

In 1950 fully one quarter of U.S. households did not have a flush toilet — this means that the era of outhouses is well within living memory for many Americans.

The valley, Indian reservations in the Southwest, pockets of Appalachia, and parts of the deep South still lack amenities.  Alaska ranks high for outhouses, too, but that may be more of a factor related to the isolation of homes – but its hard to tell from this map.



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