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Indoor plumbing not as common as you may think in the U.S.


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:53 PM -


A recent American Community Survey suggests that a mind-boggling 1.6 million Americans -- about 0.5% of the population -- live without indoor plumbing.

Now, you can see where they all live courtesy of an an interactive map put together by the Washington Post.

The colour-coded graphic includes a state-by-state breakdown of the 630,000 U.S. homes that are without hot and cold running water, a flush toilet and bathtub or shower.

"As the map ... shows, there is considerable geographic variation," writes the Washington Post.


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"Counties containing Indian reservations have astonishingly high percentages of households without plumbing -- 14 percent of households in Shannon County, S.D., don't have full plumbing. In Apache County, Ariz., the rate is more than 17 percent. Sparsely-populated census areas in Alaska also have very high percentages."

By the 1950s, indoor plumbing had become a mainstay in Canadian homes.

At the start of the century it was reserved for wealthier families that were typically centered in largely populated areas.

Head to the Washington Post to view the interactive map.

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