National Equity Atlas Update

14 Dec 2016 | Sarah Treuhaft
National Equity Atlas Update

Dear Equity Atlas Users,

As you know, the Atlas is a living resource, and 2016 was a year of growth and evolution. As we close out the year, we wanted to highlight some of our milestones from the year:

  • To help you use the Atlas data, we began the practice of hosting 30-minute webinars with short demos of new data/features and also started a "Chart of the Week" series linking the data to current events
  • We further disaggregated our data, adding detailed breakdowns of the major racial/ethnic groups by ancestry (to help you bust the model minority myth), as well as more nativity breakdowns
  • Our new school poverty data undergirded a series on educational equity from journalist Ron Brownstein and colleagues at The Atlantic
  • We participated in the inaugural White House Opportunity Project data sprint and added new indicators on air pollution, poverty, and working poverty
  • Most recently, we upgraded our mapping system, making neighborhood-level mapping (and a nifty, custom-created neighborhood filter for visualizing spatial relationships) available for four indicators


We’ve been thrilled to see community leaders in Fairfax CountyGrand RapidsAtlanta and elsewhere using Equity Atlas data to drive equitable growth policies, plans, and projects, and are looking forward to working more with you in 2017.

Thank you!

(clockwise from top left): Sheila Xiao, Sarah Treuhaft, Angel Ross, 
Justin Scoggins, Rosamaria Carrillo, Pamela Stephens, Abbie Langston, Alexis Stephens

The National Equity Atlas team at PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)