January 2016

Mapping Disparities by Race and Place

Derek Thomas, M.P.A.

Connecticut's racial and municipal segregation inhibits economic mobility, which acts as a detriment to the pursuit of equal opportunity for children and to the state's future workforce and economic success.

To better gauge these disparities, brand new 'Mapping Disparities by Race and Place' maps allow users to compare the U.S. Census American Community Survey’s most recent 5-year estimates on income, poverty, educational attainment, and housing characteristics of all 169 Connecticut towns.

The Disparity by Place map reflects the differences across town lines, finding that, in Hartford for example, nearly 1/2 of the city’s children live in poverty. That is three times the state child poverty rate of 14.8 percent and 25 times more than some of the state’s wealthiest towns.

In addition, when populations are large enough for accurate measures, differential poverty rates are shown by race and ethnicity using proportional dots – the larger the dot, the greater the difference in rates in the Disparity by Race map.

For larger, more in-depth maps, please refer to our Tableau page.

Issue Areas:
Budget and Tax, Family Economic Security