Thursday, July 31, 2014

Update: Brookings Concentrated Poverty Site Has Interactive Feature to Allow Drill Down to Specific Metros and Sub Areas.

Update: I managed to MacGyver together a PDF summary  HERE for the Portland metro area with three sections: The entire PDX metro area, City of Portland, and PDX suburbs.(Ranking showing on maps is on different dimension than I highlighted below).

Brookings has a piece on concentrated poverty HERE that includes an interactive section that allows selection of individual metro areas and sub areas (cities and suburbs).  

Site design could use some work--I don't see an ability to link or print profiles for individual areas or to see comparative rankings so I can't provide a direct link to Portland specific data, but scroll down in the Brookings site and you will be able to find it.  

I downloaded Excel data and on one dimension this is what I calculate for Portland for the 
"2000 to 2008-2012 Change in Share of Poor Residing in Tracts with Poverty Rates 20% or Higher" . 

  • City of Portland Change, 26% increase, ranked 9th worst in the country out of central cities for 100 metro areas. 
  • Suburbs of Portland Change, 24% increase, ranked 15th worst in the country out of suburbs in 100 metro areas.
  • Metro Portland Change, 24% increase, ranked 10th worst in the country out of 100 metro areas.
Note: Readers may recall a recent post HERE in which I included an Excel workbook with poverty data for ALL geographies in Oregon, as well as state level and US level poverty data.

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog


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