‘It takes a toll’: US low-income and communities of color endure longer power outages

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“A slew of recent studies has shown that power outages occur in low-income and minority communities – like the ones the Perdomos live in – more often and last longer. Last year researchers at Georgia Tech found that communities with lower socioeconomic ratings (a score based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) social vulnerability index that considers census data like race, income, education and car access) waited an average of almost three hours longer to have their power restored after a storm.”

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