The Wall Street Journal has created a series of data visualizations that compare the change in Baltimore’s racial demographics from 1970 to 2010, and map poverty rates and diversity levels by location. The visualizations, which use data from the U.S. Census Bureau, reveal some unpleasant truths about the city, such as low levels of regional diversity despite high minority populations—indicative of high amounts of segregation. Additionally, the data shows Baltimore has historically suffered from poverty rates considerably higher than the national average, and higher still than the average for Maryland.
Mapping Baltimore’s Demographic Divide
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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