USDA Food Access Information

The Health and Retirement Study Contextual Data Resource (HRS-CDR) is a collection of user-friendly datasets that enable researchers to study the impact of place on health and well-being among HRS respondents. The HRS-CDR data products are created by a joint project of the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA_R21AG045625).

The HRS-CDR USDA Food Access Information dataset contains information from the United States Department of Agriculture related to food access at the state, census tract and county level. This information is linked to HRS detailed geographic indicators derived from respondent addresses.

Product Details

Product Type
HRS Contextual Data Resource Series (HRS-CDR)
Latest Release May 2020 (v2.0)
Version Notes

Version 2.0 updates the data with the most recent 2018 version of the data provided by the USDA, which adds access and proximity to grocery store measures for 2015, store availability measures for 2009 and 2014, restaurant availability measures for 2009 and 2014, state food insecurity measures for 2010-2012 and 2013-2015, local foods measures for 2012 and 2016, health measures for 2008 and 2013, physical activity measures for 2009 and 2014, and income level measures for 2010 and 2015. Version 2.0 also includes information on food access among SNAP household and race/ethnic groups, restaurant expenditures, food assistance, food prices and taxes, and additional socioeconomic characteristics. Please note that variable names may be different from the previous version of the data.

Documentation and Links
  1. HRS Contextual Data Resources are available only to users of the MiCDA Enclave VDI, and are only available for use with restricted data geographic information products.
  2. The geographic information contained in this dataset is not included in any HRS public file and may not be merged with any other Restricted Data Set without the explicit written permission of HRS.