According to Zillow, 20 percent of the nation’s non-rural population have both low income and live a half mile or more away from a fresh food source. In some cities, such as Birmingham, Ala., and Memphis, more than a third of the population has a lack of access to healthy food.
Zillow has calculated that home values in food deserts are 17.7 percent lower than other non-rural areas. Rents are 10.2 percent lower.
Altogether, 62.9 percent of the U.S. population lives more than a half mile from a healthy food source – and 43 percent lives more than a mile away.