the Golden State, is home to both 14k lifestyles and dust-bowl style deep
poverty. While the tale itself is far from novel, a unique new measure shows
just how profound the difference within communities can be.
Los Angeles, for example, life expectancy averages 88.1 years in Newport
Beach/Laguna Hills, but only 72.8 years in the low-income Watts section of the
city, according to data from the American
Human Development Project, which this month releases A Portrait of California.
The report uses the American Human Development Index, a composite measure of
health, education, and standard of living, to measure how Californians are
report separates state residents into “Five
Californias” according to where they rank on the Index, ranging from those
in the top one percent with high levels of education and access to
opportunities to those in the “Forsaken Five Percent” where people face a life
expectancy of nine fewer years and limited options.
with the report, an interactive
map tool allows people to see the narrative expressed through the numbers. A
breakdown of how several cities
perform along the index drives home the extreme levels of racial disparities in
the state. The chart depicting median earnings across five California metro
areas shows incomes more than twice as high for white people than Latinos in
the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. A
Portrait of California also explores why these gaps in health, education,
and living standards exist and the actions that can be taken to alleviate them.
part of their national work, the American Human Development Project, in
collaboration with United Way, developed an online tool called the Common
Good Forecaster, which shows the impact of education on health, financial
stability, civic engagement, children’s educational achievement, and other
issues. Users can change the level of educational attainment to see how these
factors shift at the state and county level and the concrete benefits that
result from investments in education, many of which go beyond
better jobs and bigger paychecks.
learn more about the Common Good Forecaster and see a demonstration, join Spotlight for a webinar on June 3 from
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST. Register
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