SE’s Andrew Beveridge and 2010 Data in the New York Times on Local and National Economic Distress by Sydney Beveridge
Today’s release of the 2010 census data offers new information about the impact of the recession. Also, these new data will be available to Social Explorer users later this month.
In the New York Times article “Data Show County’s Pain as Economy Plummeted,” Sabrina Tavernise reported on the hardest hit area in the nation–Greenwood County, South Carolina–citing data and analysis from Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge.
The falloff of the economy of Greenwood County, a district of almost 70,000 people that once pulsed with busy factories and mills, was the steepest in the country by two counts.
According to an analysis of Census Bureau figures made public on Thursday, its poverty rate more than doubled to 24 percent from 2007 to 2010, the largest increase for any county in the nation.
The decline also engulfed the middle class. Median household income plunged by 28 percent over the same period, shaving nearly $12,000 off the annual earnings of families here during the recession, according to the analysis, by Andrew A. Beveridge, a demographer at Queens College.
Additionally, nationwide maps of increases in poverty and decreases in median income accompany the article. The maps use data and analysis from Social Explorer and the Census Bureau.