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The Best Visualizations Of Poverty In The U.S. & Around The World


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Poverty is not an “excuse,” as some school reformers charge, but it is a challenge and a reality facing many of our students that has a huge effect on their learning (and our teaching).

I thought it might be useful to take a look at very recent visualizations of poverty in the U.S. and around the world, and plan to update this list in future years.

You might also be interested in The Best Tools For Analyzing Census Data.

Here are my choices for The Best Visualizations Of Poverty In The U.S. & In The World:


US poverty mapped – interactive is from The Guardian.

A picture of poverty state by state is an interactive from the Associated Press.

Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for School Districts, Counties, and States are interactive maps from the U.S. Census. You can read more about them here.

Half In Ten has some excellent visualizations:

Interactive Map: 2010 Poverty Data by State

Interactive Map: 2010 Poverty Data by Congressional District

Interactive Map: Multiple Indicators

America’s poorest poor: the best and worst cities is another interactive from The Guardian.

The Kids Count Data Center is from The Annie Casey Foundation.

The American Human Development Index is from Measure of America.

Below The Line: Portraits of American Poverty is a photo gallery from TIME.

Tracking American Poverty And Policy is from Demos, and may be the best visualization of poverty in the U.S. that’s available.

Poverty in the 50 years since ‘The Other America,’ in five charts is from The Washington Post.

Poverty In The U.S. By The Numbers is from NPR.

The US poverty map in 2011 is a useful interactive from The Guardian.


Maps from Oxfam.

History of Poverty is an interactive from Christian Aid.

The Index Mundi has multiple maps.

The Multidimensional Poverty Index comes from the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative.

Human Development Index: how does your country compare? is from The Guardian.

Alexander Russo shared this chart today, observing that “That long dark blue line second from the bottom is the USA, one of just two advanced industrial nations with a child poverty rate above 20 percent”:

Here’s another useful chart.

“What Eating At The Poverty Line Is Like Around The World” is a very interesting slideshow and project. The photos portray the food that a person in different countries can afford to purchase if they live in poverty.

The Associated Press has an interactive on 2012 poverty rates in the United States.

Mapping Poverty in America is from The New York Times.

KQED has some good infographics on poverty:

America, the Land of Opportunity? Not for Most Poor Kids, One Study Finds

Infographic: What Does it Mean to Be Poor in America?

Poverty Line Problems: The History of an Outdated Measurement (Infographic)

Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th) is from The Washington Post.

Here’s how Google Maps Mania describes the Global Poverty Map:

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has developed a method for measuring poverty that takes into account a number of factors, including health, education, and living standards. This Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is made up of ten indicators, divided into these three main dimensions of poverty.

The Global Poverty Map provides a number of global views of poverty based on the MPI. The map provides an overview of poverty around the world based on the 2014 Global MPI findings, with each country shaded on the map based on each country’s MPI score.

Geography of Poverty is from MSNBC.

Child Poverty Down for Whites, Asians, Hispanics, But Steady for Blacks is from NBC News and has an interactive from Pew.

Additional suggestions are welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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