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National Equity Atlas

The National Equity Atlas was developed through a partnership between PolicyLink and the USC Equity Research Institute (formerly known as PERE, the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity). The Atlas is a tool for the growing movement to create a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient economy. It is a comprehensive resource for data to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth in America’s regions, and states, and nationwide. The Atlas contains data on demographic change, racial and economic inclusion, and the potential economic gains from racial equity for the largest 100 cities, largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the United States as a whole. We built the Atlas to equip community leaders and policymakers with the facts and analyses needed to:

  • Understand how your community’s demographics are changing;
  • Assess how well your community’s diverse populations can participate in its economic vitality, contribute to its readiness for the future, and connect to its assets and resources (and also see how it compares to other places);
  • Build a compelling narrative and shared understanding about why—and how much—equity matters to your community’s future; and
  • Inform the development of policies, plans, strategies, business models, and investments to advance equitable growth. 

Our aim is to democratize data and make it easy for you to understand, discuss, and use. Explore the Atlas to find:

  • Data summaries that provide a snapshot of how your community is doing on key indicators of demographic change and equity;
  • Charts, graphs, and maps to share with your colleagues and add to your presentations, fact sheets, reports, and funding proposals;
  • Stories about how local leaders are using equity data to catalyze new conversations and implement new equitable growth strategies and policies; and much more!

The Atlas is a living resource, and we will be adding new data and analyses on a regular basis. Sign up for our email list and check back regularly for new data, analyses, and stories about how data is driving action to build an equitable economy.

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Racial Equity Data Lab

The Racial Equity Data Lab is a space on the National Equity Atlas where you can create data visuals and dashboards to support your campaigns for racial equity and inclusive recovery. 

Through the Lab, you can learn how to make powerful equity visuals. Clear and compelling data is essential to advancing equity campaigns. Learn how to design dashboards that make the case for equity and support transformative policy change in your community. Click here to get started.

Explore starter workbooks that provide National Equity Atlas datasets in a Tableau-ready format. Each workbook includes data for all of the geographies in the Atlas (the United States, all 50 states, the 150 largest metropolitan areas, and the 100 largest cities), breakdowns by race, sex, nativity, gender, and ancestry, and example charts you can use to create your own custom displays. 

  1. Explore the data by reviewing charts.
  2. Customize your charts by adjusting the visual design of a chart using a different color palette, layout, or any other chart elements. Add in callouts or tooltips to highlight key data points most relevant to you.
  3. Create your own Tableau dashboard or story highlighting multiple data charts most relevant for your needs. Bring in your own community’s experience and context on the drivers of inequity, and create a dashboard with policy solutions to improve equity. 

Get started now with the workbooks below for Housing BurdenMedian WagesPovertyEducational AttainmentCar Access, and Working Poor. We will continue to add workbooks for the rest of the Atlas indicators on a rolling basis. We will add workbooks for Homeownership and Disconnected Youth by the end of July 2021.


The Bay Area Equity Atlas

The Bay Area Equity Atlas is a comprehensive data support system launched in June 2019 to track the state of equity across the region and equip community leaders with data to inform solutions for inclusive prosperity. The Atlas is produced by the San Francisco Foundation, PolicyLink, and the USC Equity Research Institute (formerly known as PERE, the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC).

The Bay Area region is at a crossroads. Our economy is one of the strongest on the planet, yet inequality is skyrocketing amidst persistent racial inequities, climate change is placing our future at risk, and we face a housing and displacement crisis that has hit low-income communities of color the hardest but has had a ripple effect throughout the region. Amidst this confluence of challenges, equity — just and fair inclusion — is both a moral imperative and an economic necessity. Addressing systemic racism and discrimination, and putting in place the policies, business models, and programs that remove barriers and ensure all Bay Area residents can participate and thrive is our region's path to inclusive prosperity.

The Bay Area Equity Atlas is a tool for community leaders seeking to create a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient region. Robust, disaggregated data is critical to informing action strategies for equitable growth. Despite the rich data and technology resources in the Bay Area, community leaders have lacked access to the data they need to drive solutions forward. The Bay Area Equity Atlas aims to fill this gap.

PolicyLink, ERI, and the San Francisco Foundation built the Atlas to accomplish the following goals:

  • Build a shared understanding about the importance of equity to the region’s future
  • Provide a set of powerful equity metrics that are disaggregated by race and other demographics to support more informed decision-making
  • Inform solutions for equitable growth by sharing effective and promising strategies
  • Democratize data and make data more accessible
  • Increase the capacity of change-makers and advocates to use data to advance policy solutions

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