Friday , 17 November 2017


America’s Economic Divide In 5 Graphic Maps

The annual survey American Community Survey by the Census Bureau collectsdollar much more detailed information than the decennial census, [and the data from the latest survey is depicted in maps, of which 5 are provided here on America’s economic divide and] are relevant for thinking about communities most in need of investment.

So writes Emily Badger (www.theatlanticcities.com) in edited excerpts from her original article* entitled 5 Maps That Show How Divided America Really Is.

[The following article is presented by  Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.FinancialArticleSummariesToday.com and www.munKNEE.com and may have been edited ([ ]), abridged (…) and/or reformatted (some sub-titles and bold/italics emphases) for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.]

Badger goes on to say in further edited excerpts:

The five maps below were created by Calvin Metcalf, Kyle Box and Laura Evans…They tell us a lot about the country or, rather, how where we live influences our dramatically varied experiences of America with each illustrating deep and lingering differences between the American North and South, as seen through several different data points.

All of the maps are divided by county, set on a basemap from OpenStreetMap, and cover:

  1. annual median income
  2. % of population living below the poverty line
  3. extent of income inequality
  4. % of population relying on food stamps
  5. % of population over 25 without a high school diploma

You can view the others here and navigate them there.

1. Median income (in annual dollars)

2. Population living below the poverty line (by percent)

3. Income inequality (as measured by the Gini coefficient, the closer to zero the better)

4. Reliance on food stamps (by percentage of the population)

5. Population over 25 without a high school diploma (by percent)

[Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.]

*http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/06/5-maps-show-2-different-americas/5824/ (Copyright 2013 The Atlantic Monthly Group)

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One comment

  1. A great article on factual data.
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    Suggestion: The charts while full of information are too hard to “read”.

    Perhaps using three colors red (bad), yellow (poor) and green (good) would make the charts much easier to understand; plus if they were able to be zoomed in on that would then make them great!

    Perhaps Infographic’s would consider helping make this important data easier to access!