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Economically Distressed Counties, Parishes and Burroughs in the United States and the NHS Routes Serving Them

This information is archived data thru 2001. For current data, visit the Demographic Information tab on

Select a state to go to that state's page. Each state's page gives a further option of viewing a map of that state showing:

Alaska Hawaii Washington Oregon California Nevada Idaho Utah Montana Wyoming Colorado Arizona New Mexico North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Texas Minnesota Iowa Missouri Arkansas Louisiana Michigan Wisconsin Illinois Kentucky Tennessee Mississippi Alabama Florida Georgia South Carolina North Carolina Virginia Washington, D.C. West Virginia Indiana Ohio Maryland Delaware New Jersey Pennsylvania New York Connecticut Rhode Island Vermont New Hampshire Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire Vermont Massachusetts Rhode Island Connecticut New Jersey Delaware Maryland Washington, D.C. Puerto Rico

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Because there are no political equivalent to counties in Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia, there are no maps available. However, information is provided for municipalities in the case of Puerto Rico.


These maps are a response to Senate report language in S-106-55 (page 96) which states in part "...The Committee directs the Department [of Transportation] to identify ...persistent unemployment levels...and the highway facilities that currently serve the population base in such a region...."

The state maps are not scaled. FHWA does not recommend adoption of these maps as a state policy without appropriate consultation and consideration of state issues.

Updated: 11/18/2015
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