Windows on Urban Poverty: Describing and Mapping
Concentrated Poverty in the 2000 Census

The Windows on Urban Poverty project has two main objectives:

* The paper has been released as a Brookings Institution Policy Brief, "Stunning Progress, Hidden Problems: the Dramatic Decline of Concentrated Poverty in the 1990s.  You can obtain the report by clicking here

* The web site allows you to create, print, and copy neighborhood level maps of any neighborhood in the United States on several demographic and economic variables. You may use the maps freely for any non-commercial purpose, but please cite the source as the Bruton Center, University of Texas at Dallas.  (For commercial use, permission is required.  Please contact the project director, Paul Jargowsky, by letter or email explaining the nature of the intended use.)

Neighborhoods are approximated by "census tracts," which are small, relatively homogeneous areas defined by the census bureau and local public officials.  On average, census tracts have about 4,000 persons.  Neighborhood boundaries change over time, especially in places where there is rapid population growth.   All of our maps use a constant set boundaries based on the 2000 census.  For the 1970, 1980, and 1990 data interpolated to the 2000 Census Tract grid, we rely on the Neighborhood Change Database (NCDB).  This product is available from GeoLytics, Inc

Unless otherwise noted, the variables below can be mapped at the neighborhood level for 1970, 1980, 1990, or 2000.  Changes in the value of the variable can be mapped between any two of those years.  To change the variable or year, use the drop down menus at the upper right of the map page, and then click "Change Map."

The best way to learn to use the web site is to experiment.  If you get stuck, click on the "How to Use" button on the main page, or click here.