Discussion Paper

Distribution of COVID-19 Incidence by Geography, Race, and Income


Abstract: In this post, we study whether (and how) the spread of COVID-19 across the United States has varied by geography, race, income, and population density. Have urban areas been more affected by COVID-19 than rural areas? Has population density mattered in the spread? Has the coronavirus's impact varied by race and income? Our analysis uncovers stark demographic and geographic differences in the effects of the pandemic thus far.

Keywords: COVID-19; income; race; diversity; population density; urban;

JEL Classification: I14; R10;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Part of Series: Liberty Street Economics

Publication Date: 2020-06-15

Number: 20200615