Maryland Low-Income Population Analysis Database Accessible to the Public

OPC released a report, “Maryland Low-Income Market Characterization Report,” in October 2018, prepared by a consultant, APPRISE. The report examines low-income household data from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Weatherization Assistance Program provided by the Department of Housing and Community Development, energy assistance data provided by the Department of Human Services’ Office of Home Energy Programs, and other sources. OPC commissioned the study to assist in understanding the energy affordability issues faced by low-income households in Maryland, and to help in the design and implementation of energy assistance and energy efficiency programs for households in need.

OPC has taken this project a step further and combined the information into a searchable database available to everyone – agencies, non-profit organizations and members of the public. The database, tutorial and methodology report is now available on the OPC website. Users of the database can conduct geographic, populations and statistical analyses to create custom, dynamic reports. While OPC’s focus is on household energy needs, other users may find the data points and reports helpful for other low-income household concerns.

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