Monday, May 12, 2014

Demise of middle class mapped

The disappearance of the middle class is a common phenomenon in many developed countries. Below is a map that illustrates transformation of Chicago in the USA.

The grey squares, representing middle class, dominated the city’s neighbourhoods in 1970’s but mostly vanished by 2012. They were replaced by the upper middle class and wealthy, represented by the green colour, as they spread from downtown to the north side of the city, and the poor, represented by the orange and red colours.

The map is an effort of Daniel Kayhertz, a student at the University of Chicago but was created in collaboration with several other researchers. The data comes from the U.S. Census.

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