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DATA TO SHOW: RACE / ETHNICITY, POVERTY, POVERTY (CHILDREN), EDUCATION




BAY AREA BOUNDARIES

Bill Rankin, 2010

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Race (2200x3000, 3.8 MB)
Poverty (2200x3000, 3.3 MB)
Child Poverty (2200x3000, 3.2 MB)
Education (2200x3000, 3.3 MB)

A continuation of the race and income maps I made for Chicago, this time for a nonprofit in the Bay Area. As with Chicago, using dots shows demographic transitions between neighborhoods and cities much more clearly than solid colors ever can.

But with the Bay Area with its contrast between the sparsely inhabited hills and the dense coasts avoiding the standard solid-color choropleth map is even more important. Using the same graphics for hills and coasts would give a very distorted idea of how race and poverty are distributed. Instead of a few poor areas floating in a solid-color sea of prosperity, here the relative geographic balance between rich and poor is much more obvious.

Note again, though, that race is only is only a rough predictor of other demographic characteristics. Much more salient is the close relationship between poverty and education.