December 2011

Interactive Map and Data Measures Economic Opportunity Across States

Acknowledging The Great Divide

December 7, 2011Humantific

Alabama Ranks Low in Opportunity Measures

December 6, 2011The Crimson White

Sylvia A. Allegretto

The maps and charts are a quick and accurate way to get a lot of information that is in an intuitive and readable format. I sometimes use it to check against my own data and research and other times to check on my understanding of certain demographic trends and aspects of our country.”

 — Sylvia A. Allegretto, PhD, Institute for Research on Labor & Employment at the University of California, Berkeley

Karennan Carty

“Congratulations and thank you for doing such significant work. I am not sure if others have described it as patriotic, but to me, that seems the most fitting adjective.  As the data so clearly demonstrate, we have our work cut out for us if everyone is to realize the promise of America.  Fortunately, your work has the potential to spark a constructive national conversation and chart a course for positive change.”

— Karenann Carty, Ed.D., Dean of Academics at Monroe College


Denise Spooner

“Thanks to all of you at Measure of America.  This is such an excellent analysis of the people of California.  I’m certain it will initiate a great deal of discussion in my class.”

—  Denise Spooner, Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton, and Co-editor of H-California 


Denis Johnson

“The two issues of The Measure of America are an impressive demonstration of the improvements that have occurred in both the quantity and quality of data relating to the well-being of the population of this country…Your reports should serve as a basic resource for courses on American society in both our senior high schools and universities.”  

— Denis Johnson

David Erikson

We’re very impressed with your work and we are looking at it closely to see how we might do a better job of setting what we call the ‘performance context’ for banks to measure their lending to low-income areas.”

— David Erickson, PhD, Manager, Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


California Hosts the Best and Worst Features of USA

December 2, 2011Articles Factory

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: A (Small) Step in the Right Direction

The Census Bureau recently released the supplemental poverty measure (SPM). By this gauge, 49.1 million Americans, or 16 percent of the population, live in poverty — more than the official poverty number of 46.2 million, or 15.1 percent of the population, reported in September.

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