The National Equity Atlas was inspired by the many national and local efforts to put data and maps in the hands of activists, policymakers, and researchers who are crafting solutions to our nation’s most pressing challenges. Likewise, our belief that equity is an economic imperative draws from a growing body of economic research that finds that inequity hinders economic growth and prosperity, while equity and inclusion foster stronger and more sustained growth.
National Data Resources
- The Assets & Opportunity Local Data Center, a partnership between CFED and Family Assets Count, provides local-level data on household financial security, household wealth, unbanked and underbaked households, household asset poverty and liquid asset poverty for U.S. cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
- Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, produced by CFED, takes a comprehensive look at financial security across 135 outcome and policy measures for all 50 states, with a focus on five issues areas (financial assets and income, business and jobs, housing and homeownership, health care, education).
- Community Commons, an initiative of Advancing the Movement and powered by Institute for People, Place and Possibilities (IP3), is a free interactive mapping and networking site with information to advance the development of healthy, sustainable, livable, and equitable communities.
- DiversityData.org, a project of the Heller School at Brandeis University, provides indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life, and health for various racial and ethnic population groups for 362 metropolitan regions.
- DiversityDataKids.org, also from the Heller School, is an interactive data tool that provides hundreds of indicators at multiple geographic levels (states, regions, counties, cities, school districts) to monitor the state of well-being, diversity, opportunity, and equity for children.
- The H+T® Affordability Index, developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, is a unique tool that provides data describing housing and transportation costs at the neighborhood level for 900 regions across the U.S.
- KIDS COUNT Data Center, a project of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a comprehensive source for data on child and family well-being, with data for states, counties, cities, and congressional districts and annual KIDS COUNT data reports.
- Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council, provides tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America’s states, counties, and the 25 largest metro areas using the Human Development Index, based on indicators of health, education, and living standards.
- Metro Monitor, a project of the Brookings Institution, tracks the performance of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas on four indicators: jobs, unemployment, output (gross product), and house prices for every quarter from the recession through the recovery, with quarterly data updates.
- Metro Trends, from the Urban Institute, provides data and analyses about America’s 100 largest metropolitan regions, including data on crime, employment, housing, earnings, immigration, and child well-being.
- The Opportunity Index, developed by Measure of America and Opportunity Nation, presents a snapshot of opportunity for states and counties, providing policymakers and leaders with a tool to identify areas for improvement and gauge progress over time. The index integrates 16 indicators of opportunity across three areas (economy, education, and community), scoring each state on a scale from 0 to 100, and giving each county a grade from A to F.
- PolicyMap, created by The Reinvestment Fund, is an online data and mapping tool that provides thousands of indicators on demographics, mortgage originations, jobs, health, crime, and more at the neighborhood level. Much of the data is available for free and paid subscribers can access additional data and mapping tools (including uploading their own data).
- Race for Results, a project of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, features the Race for Results Index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state levels.
- The State of Working America, by the Economic Policy Institute, provides data and downloadable charts and graphs on incomes, wages, jobs, unemployment, wealth, inequality, mobility, and poverty to increase understanding of the effect of the economy on low- and middle-income American workers and their families.
- US2010, a project of Brown University sociologist John Logan, provides data on racial and economic segregation in communities and schools for metros, cities, counties, and school districts.
Local Data Resources
- National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems for community building and local decision making. Each of NNIP’s 35 partners provides regularly updated data on neighborhood conditions with a focus on using data to build capacity in distressed communities.
- The Opportunity Mapping Initiative of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity works with local partners in diverse regions to understand who has access to opportunity-rich areas, assess what factors are limiting opportunity in a community, and identify strategies to expand access to opportunity.
- California's Regional Opportunity Index, developed through a joint partnership between the UC Davis Center for Regional Change and Rabobank, N.A., is an interactive neighborhood-level mapping tool for regions in California that can be used to target investments to the people and places that need them most.
- Denver Regional Equity Atlas is an online tool that provides data and maps examining how well the region’s current and future transit network ensures access to opportunity for everyone in the region, especially its most economically disadvantaged. The Atlas is a collaboration between Mile High Connects, the Denver Regional Council of Governments, and the Colorado Denver Engine.
- Los Angeles Equity Atlas, produced by Reconnecting America, analyzes how Los Angeles County’s $40-billion investment in transit can achieve equity goals including mobility, access, and connectivity; preserve and increase affordable housing; enhance workforce and economic development; and support healthy communities.
- Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas, developed by the Partnership for Southern Equity, is a collection of maps and analytical reports designed to connect local stakeholders to timely, accurate data on eight key areas of community well-being: demographics, economic development, education, environment, health, housing, public safety, and transportation.
- New York City Transportation Equity Atlas was developed by the Pratt Center for Community Development to compare mobility and transit access across the city. The maps show commuting time for nearly 600,000 residents and highlight areas most in need of better transit connections.
- Portland Regional Equity Atlas, developed by the Coalition for a Livable Future, uses maps, policy analysis, community-based research, and other tools to assess how well different populations across the four-county Portland-Vancouver metro region can access key resources necessary for meeting their basic needs and advancing their health and well-being.
- The State of Equity in Metro Boston, published by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in 2011, establishes a baseline of equity-related indicators for tracking the region's progress toward goals outlined in its MetroFuture plan for growth through 2030. A policy report released in 2014 presents recommendations for reaching the goals.
The Economic Case for Equity and Inclusion
- Surviving the Great Recession: The Influence of Income Inequality in US Urban Counties by Paul A. Lewin, Philip Watson, and Anna Brown (CityLab article) (2017)
- Trends in Income Inequality and its Impact on Economic Growth by Federico Cingano of the OECD (see summary) (2014)
- Diversity Matters by Vivian Hunt, Dennis Layton, and Sara Prince of McKinsey & Company (summary article) (2014)
- How Increasing Income Inequality is Dampening U.S. Economic Growth, and Possible Ways to Change the Tide by Joe Maguire of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services (2014)
- Inequality Is a Drag by Paul Krugman (2014)
- All Together Now?: Inequality and Growth in US Metro Areas and Buddy, Can You Spare Some Time? Social Inclusion and Sustained Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Region by Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor for the Building Resilient Regions Project (2014, 2013)
- The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats by Nick Hanauer (also available as a TED Talk) (2014)
- Redistribution, Inequality, and Growth and Treating Inequality with Redistribution: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease? by Jonathan Ostry, Andrew Berg, and Charalambos Tsangarides of the International Monetary Fund (2014)
- The Price of Inequality: Why Inequality Matters and What Can Be Done About It by Joseph E. Stiglitz (Testimony to the US Senate) (2014)
- Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States by Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, and Emmanuel Saez (2014)
- Changing the Conversation on Growth: Going Inclusive by the OECD Secretariat (2014)
- Charting New Trends and Imagining an All-In Nation by Robert Lynch and Patrick Oakford (2013)
- The Business Case for Racial Equity by Ani Turner for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (2013)
- Inequity Threatens Our Future Growth by Lawrence Summers (2013)
- The Impact of Inequality on Growth by Jared Bernstein for the Center for American Progress (2013)
- The American Middle Class, Income Inequality, and the Strength of Our Economy: New Evidence in Economics by Heather Boushey and Adam Hersh of the Center for American Progress (2012)
- Prosperity 2050: Is Equity the Superior Growth Model by Sarah Treuhaft and David Madland (2011)
- Inequality and Unsustainable Growth: Two Sides of the Same Coin? by Andrew Berg and Jonathan Ostry of the International Monetary Fund (2011)
- The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools by McKinsey & Company (2009)
- Cohesion and Competitiveness: Business Leadership for Regional Growth and Social Equity by Manuel Pastor for the OECD (2006)
- Dashboard Indicators for the Northeast Ohio Economy: Prepared for the Fund for Our Economic Future by Randall Eberts, George Erickcek, and Jack Kleinhenz for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (2006)