If you’re a data nerd, you could get lost in the New York Times data maps of the 2010 census information. Sometimes a good map can reveal information more vividly and directly than a paragraph of text — take, for instance, the image showing the change in median household income over the past decade. It’s a clear picture on the block-by-block level of which neighborhoods are winning (Hampden; Charles Village), and which are collapsing (Remington, Waverly, Reservoir Hill). But that’s not the whole story.

The map of households earning annual incomes of $200,000 or more (below) looks pretty much like you’d expect — wealth is concentrated in the north of the city, with smaller pockets downtown and to the west of the city:

But if you look at the actual distribution of household wealth, money in Baltimore turns out to be quite a bit more scattered, with rich people sprinkled throughout the city:

However, the city is still remarkably segregated when it comes to race:

And there’s a pretty clear line between who does and doesn’t send their children to public schools:

So, Baltimore — do these maps reflect the city you know?

One reply on “Mapping Baltimore’s Inequalities”

  1. There are some positive stories here. You can see where the city is growing and where development needs to be pushed.

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