SATURDAY, FEB 18, 2012

Social Explorer Data in the NY Times: Santorum and Income Inequality


In his latest op-ed "Santorum’s Gospel of Inequality," New York Times columnist Charles Blow takes on the presidential candidate's public comments about how income inequality is good for society. Blow writes that "for Santorum to champion income inequality in Detroit, of all places, is still incredibly tone-deaf."  He cites data from Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge in his discussion. Detroit has the highest poverty rate of any big city in America, according to data provided by Andrew A. Beveridge, a demographer at Queens College. Among the more than 70 cities with populations over 250,000, Detroit’s poverty rate topped the list at a whopping 37.6 percent, more than twice the national poverty rate. And according to the Census Bureau, median household income in Detroit from 2006-10 was just $28,357, which was only 55 percent of the overall U.S. median household income over that time. Beveridge also provided data for a list of the most impoverished cities in America, featured in the article. Click here to read the rest of the op-ed and see the full list.
by Sydney Beveridge
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