Tracing Income Disparities Across the U.S.

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When we trace the lines across a map of the United States, and define counties within states, cities within counties, and neighborhoods within cities, what do we find? How do we all size up?

On Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest data on median household income across the country, we've created an interactive map that allows you to zoom in on the income trends in your neighborhood.

As the map below shows, in just a short drive around Pennsylvania you can see vast changes in income—there’s at least a $23,000 difference from Montgomery, which has a median household income of $78,984, right over to Berks, which claims an average of $55,021.

When looking at New York City, you can see huge differences in places that are just a very short cab ride from each other—Manhattan boasts a median household income of $68,370, but trek slightly north to the Bronx and the median income drops to $34,300.

To help walk us through some of the most surprising information this Census report revealed, and to help us understand the historical significance of income mapping, is Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project at American University.