Flint, Michigan, is likely the most well-known lead hotspot in America. But a Reuters examination of lead testing results across the country found that Flint doesn’t rank among the nation’s most dangerous areas for lead poisoning. Reuters found almost 3,000 places with poisoning rates much higher than the Michigan city. To identify these locations, Reuters used neighborhood-level blood testing results obtained from state health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While many of these areas are facing the same problems as Flint (decaying paint, plumbing and forgotten industrial waste), there’s one major difference. Unlike Flint, many of these localities have received little funding to help combat or draw attention to the poisoning.