How well do you know your city? Perhaps you can tell what neighborhoods have been built in the past five years and which ones have been there since before you were born.
But can you tell a story about the people that live there? Who they are, what they do and how have their lives changed in the last decades?
Your grandparents or parents might know a lot about their neighborhood. They might tell you who came from where, who married who, whose father left for the war and never came back and they can tell you about that girl who married a banker and went to live in a big city. They might tell you about how their lives changed forever when that big factory opened just outside of town.
But what about the stories that we don’t hear? Like what the median income was when the factory came and what it is today? What are the bigger sources of employment? How many women actually live in your town and how old are they?
Data is a great way to look deeper and understand an area.
For example, let’s take a look at a one mile radius around the Downtown area of Raleigh, North Carolina.
The median income reached a peak in 2000, and then started coming all the way down in the next ten years, the recession. By 2015, however, it shot upwards to $33,150.
And if you live in Raleigh, you will notice how much the capital city has grown in the past years. But data will confirm that.
How about another city, Durham. In a 1 mile radius of the downtown area, there seem to be a lot more men than women, and it looks like a very young area, with most of its population between ages of 20–40.
But data can also show us that a high number of the population here did not finish high school.
How much do we really know about the cities we live in? Data can help us understand it so much more, where it was and where it might be heading to.
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