Why we love it

See a city through the eyes of the people who live in its neighborhoods. We love how this map shows a neighborhood’s proximity to quality schools. It adds a second dimension of median home value to help identify areas with affordable housing and access to quality schools. Those opportunities are represented by small, green diamond symbols. In a clear way, this map tells the interrelated stories of income and access to education. It also provides a nationwide dataset of indexes on School Proficiency, Job Proximity, Transportation Cost, Market Labor, and Median Home Value.

Why it works

This map works because it uses color and symbol size to reveal the sometimes subtle, sometimes not so subtle, differences in neighborhoods. Red diamonds represent a low School Proficiency Index while green diamonds represent high. Diamond sizes signify Median Home Value for an area—an indication of how financially feasible it may be to move into that neighborhood. Educational bargains are found in neighborhoods with small, green diamonds as these are more affordable and have access to better schools. You can touch any neighborhood to see additional HUD Opportunity indexes.

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