Concentrated Poverty

In the report Lost In Place, economist Joe Cortright writes that poverty is bad, but it’s easier to get out of when poverty isn’t concentrated.  So I decided to map a handful of cities in terms of concentrated poverty. I used the ideas behind that as well as David Levinson’s work at University of Minnesota to chart access to jobs versus the percentage of cities that are poor or struggling:

Access to jobs via transit vs % struggling economically

While that charts city vs city, it doesn’t get into map where the struggling are per each city.  I mapped several cities below all to the same scale. Orange represents census tracts with poverty rates over 20%. In brown are areas with poverty rates over 40%.  Census tracts are roughly 4,000(ish) people so larger tracts tend to be rural and small tracts are higher density:

Chicago
Chicago
New York
New York
DC
DC
Denver
Denver
LA
LA
San Francisco
San Francisco
Portland
Portland
Seattle
Seattle
Houston
Houston
Austin
Austin
Dallas
Dallas
Detroit
Detroit

 

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