Taking New York’s Vitals

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Issue 19 | January 23, 2014

Taking New York’s Vitals

Mayor de Blasio hasn’t escaped his first month in office without having to contend with a faux controversy or two, but it’s important we keep our eyes on the ball (and make sure he does the same). Just before the end of December, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest batch of results from its American Community Survey. Drawing from data collected nationwide over a period of several years, the ACS’s statistical estimates shed light on the demographic and economic realities of areas as small as just a few blocks.

I’ve taken some of the survey’s more important findings and produced the following five maps of New York City. Representing housing costs, incomes, inequality, and poverty, these maps have both familiar and surprising stories to tell.

Take a look

These maps were produced with data from the American Community Survey’s recently released 5-year estimates. The data are subject to sampling variability.

Thomas Rhiel is a founding editor of BKLYNR.