PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity have put together a new data platform, the National Equity Atlas, which provides community leaders with information to measure, monitor and make the case for inclusive growth across the country. The creators note that before the creation of this Atlas it was difficult to secure data on the state of equity in regions and states. That is a problem.
Equity is a key component of sustainable growth. As the country becomes increasingly multi-racial in the midst of rising inequality and declining public investment in communities, barriers for low-income communities and communities of color in accessing economic opportunity hold back the broader economy.
The National Equity Atlas provides insights into the state of equity in North Carolina as well as major metropolitan areas in the state including Asheville, Greensboro-High Point, Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, Raleigh-Cary and Winston-Salem.
Here is a sample of the data points for North Carolina:
- By 2040, 48.2 percent of North Carolina’s population will be people of color.
- Over the 2000s, communities of color were driving population growth particularly the Latino and Asian communities.
- By 2020, 42.3 percent of jobs in North Carolina will require at least a Associate’s degree or higher. Barriers to post-secondary education such as cost, transportation or scheduling around work have resulted in lower educational attainment levels for African-Americans, Native Americans and Latinos.
- In 2012, North Carolina’s economy would have been $63 billion larger if there were no racial differences in income levels.
Check out the tool here.