Economic and Social Mobility Maps

Using data made available by the Opportunity Insights team at Harvard, we created maps to highlight the geography of economic and social mobility in Baltimore City and Maryland. The maps below illustrate predicted mean household income rank outcomes for children whose parents were at the 25th percentile of national income distribution by Census tract. These maps raise several questions that help define our agenda:

  1. Why do Baltimore neighborhoods differ with respect to their upward mobility rates?
  2. What policy interventions would close these opportunity gaps?
  3. Will children who grow up in the 2020s in these low upward mobility communities experience the same challenges in achieving their “American Dream”?  

At 21CC, we seek to understand quality of life dynamics in both Baltimore and every American city and then take these insights to improve our understanding of urbanization around the world.

Baltimore City Economic and Social Mobility: Predicted Mean Household Income by Census Tract

Map of Baltimore City Mobility by Census Tract
Data Source: Opportunity Insights, Harvard University, 2018
Note: Mean household income rank is for children whose parents were at the 25th percentile of the national income distribution. Incomes for children were measured as mean earnings in 2014-2015 when they were between the ages 31-37. Household income is defined as the sum of own and spouse’s income.

Maryland Suburbs of DC Economic and Social Mobility: Predicted Mean Household Income by Census Tract

Data Source: Opportunity Insights, Harvard University, 2018
Note: Mean household income rank is for children whose parents were at the 25th percentile of the national income distribution. Incomes for children were measured as mean earnings in 2014-2015 when they were between the ages 31-37. Household income is defined as the sum of own and spouse’s income.

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