Friday, August 12, 2011

A Reminder about Income Inequality in Ward 6

Last time I checked, census tract 71 (light blue) was the poorest tract in Ward 6. It is located south of Pennsylvania Ave SE and east of 11th, just about two blocks from the wealthiest census tract in Ward 6: census tract 67 (dark blue). Census tract 67 is south of East Capitol, north of South Carolina Ave, and between 8th and 15th SE. Census tracts generally have between 1,500 and 8,000 people (ideally with 4,000 people).


View Census Tract 67 and 71 in a larger map

From the Census' American Community Survey (2009), we can see that the poorest census tract actually reflects the income distribution in the US. About 2% of American households make over $200,000, 20% make over $100,000, 50% make less than $50,000, but the under $10,000 category is much larger in the tract than in the national numbers.

We can also see that the wealthiest census tract reflects the national income distribution *turned upside down,* the inverse of the national income distribution, with a rich majority and a poor minority in contrast to the poor majority and rich minority in the country as a whole. In census tract 67, well over 80% of households make over $100,000. In the US, about 80% of households make less than $100,000.

Poorest by Income: Census Tract 71
Household Income over $200,000
1.9%
Household Income over $100,000
20.4%
Household Income under $50,000
59.1%
Household Income under $10,000
32.4%
Unemployment Rate
20.0%

Richest by Income: Census Tract 67
Household Income over $200,000
24.6%
Household Income over $100,000
65.8%
Household Income under $50,000
10.8%
Household Income under $10,000
1.0%
Unemployment Rate
2.6%

What are the consequences of such significant income inequality for a community?


2 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this information. I live in Census Tract 71 and after exploring the Census Tract Data maps I was struck by how different it is from many parts of Capitol Hill and Hill East. I know that where I live shapes my outlook on the world. It hadn't quite occurred to me that the other parts of the Hill were *this* different from my neighborhood and that this, indeed, might make my neighborhood seem like a completely different planet to people in those other neighborhoods.

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  2. Thanks, Amy, for your thoughts on this. Yes, I can see how it might seem like a completely different planet. Also, thanks for passing around the NPR piece (thru hill east).

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