Friday, November 04, 2011

What the 'Long Tail' used to refer to

More back to the future in a way.  Income, poverty and general distribution issues used to be bigger topics in both academic research as well as the media and public discourse.  I once had a whole class just in how to measure poverty.  Seems to be a resurgence in the whole topic. 

American Community Survey income distribution for households in the Pittsburgh MSA looks like this:

HOUSEHOLD INCOME IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS (IN 2010 INFLATION-ADJUSTED DOLLARS)
Universe: Households 
2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates
 
Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area
Estimate Margin of Error
Total: 978,959 +/-8,063
Less than $10,000 75,445 +/-4,207
$10,000 to $14,999 60,079 +/-3,254
$15,000 to $19,999 62,736 +/-3,285
$20,000 to $24,999 65,678 +/-3,660
$25,000 to $29,999 55,960 +/-3,892
$30,000 to $34,999 58,099 +/-3,570
$35,000 to $39,999 47,868 +/-2,885
$40,000 to $44,999 48,436 +/-2,846
$45,000 to $49,999 41,672 +/-3,031
$50,000 to $59,999 83,244 +/-4,605
$60,000 to $74,999 100,043 +/-4,547
$75,000 to $99,999 115,755 +/-5,690
$100,000 to $124,999 67,399 +/-3,740
$125,000 to $149,999 33,898 +/-2,113
$150,000 to $199,999 32,787 +/-2,388
$200,000 or more 29,860 +/-2,590

9 Comments:

Anonymous RoboticGhost said...

And here's the Guardian mapping out the recent Brookings data about concentrated and extreme (less than 50% of the poverty level) poverty in US cities. Pretty interesting stuff, though I'm a sucker for interactive maps.

Friday, November 04, 2011 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I was going to do some tract based version of that for the region or county... but no time, so I threw that table up there as 2nd best.

Friday, November 04, 2011 1:31:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

ROBO; check out this interactive;

Census data map

And then explain how Forest County grew by 56% in ten years.

Friday, November 04, 2011 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

I know that one--SCI Forest, opened 2004, housing over 2000 inmates (and new residents of the County).

Saturday, November 05, 2011 12:01:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Yes, SCI Forest opened up mid-decade and now has 2-2.5K prisoners. Net or prisoners and maybe a few of the staff who might have moved to Forest County the county population likely would be down.

What was the point Wiz?

Saturday, November 05, 2011 6:36:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Actually had no point. Just thought that was an interesting map. And had no idea why the Forrest Co population exploded when every other county saw a decline. So thanks for the explanation.

But now I have a point or more accurately a thought. The county now has a much larger population which will have an affect on state redistricting. That area will now have a stronger representation in both state and Congressional numbers giving the voters there more power. Which is very ironic considering all those prisoners are not allowed to vote.

Saturday, November 05, 2011 8:44:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Glad you were not implying there was Marcellus Shale link to the Forest County 'growth'.

Yes, with a 2010 population of 7,716 (including 2500 prisoners of various ages) Forest County is swimming in new political and economic power. That is about the population of the City of Pittsburgh's Manchester neighborhood; another place awash in political influence.

Saturday, November 05, 2011 2:34:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Naaa knew better, very little gas activity there...yet.

But it is interesting how they will get additional funding like liquid fuels taxes, education, social services, and other population-based grants.

And while they may not have quite the political clout of Pittsburgh or Philly, it still gives them additional clout when compared to the other very rural, small population counties in the area. That prison alone has about half the population of the entire county of Cameron. And thats not counting its employees.

Can't wait until they go to double capacity and really boost the county's population.

Saturday, November 05, 2011 3:51:00 PM  
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