Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Geography

College

College of Science

Type of Degree

M.S.

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Anita Walz

Second Advisor

James Leonard

Third Advisor

Joshua Hagen

Abstract

Energy poverty is a growing phenomenon culminating from the combination of low to mid household income, deteriorating housing structures and rising household energy costs. Energy prices are increasing for all households, but the burden is proportionally larger for those with low to mid income. These groups must sacrifice to afford energy and are often unable or do not have the autonomy to make structural improvements, especially if they rent their home. Data on residential dwellings from the Cabell County Tax Assessor? Office were used within a geographic information system to map where energy poverty likely exists within the city limits of Huntington, WV. It was found that one-fifth of Huntington households are at a high risk of energy poverty, primarily located across the northern section of the city and in the center, surrounding Marshall University, Downtown and Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Subject

Public utilities - West Virginia - Huntington - Costs

Subject

Poverty - West Virginia - Huntington

Subject

Huntington (W. Va.)