L.A. Controller Ron Galperin today released an interactive online tool measuring structural disparities and barriers to opportunity in the City of Los Angeles. Through a series of maps, the L.A. Equity Index allows Angelenos to explore how a number of socioeconomic factors — including housing costs, educational achievement, environmental challenges and access to resources, like health insurance, food and high-speed internet — impact people’s lives and livelihoods in each neighborhood, and shows that some neighborhoods are impacted far more severely than others.
The Equity Index scores each census tract in the City on a scale of 1 to 10. A lower score (darker colors) indicates areas where residents experience less equity and opportunity; a higher score (lighter colors) means an area with more equity and opportunity for Angelenos.
Users can enter their address on the Equity Index to find their census tract and learn more about the population and challenges facing the area.
“Los Angeles is home to four million residents living in more than 100 neighborhoods,” said Controller Galperin. “It is incredibly geographically, demographically and economically diverse, but there is a great equity divide. Too many neighborhoods face barriers to opportunity that negatively impact the people who live there, many of whom are people of color and immigrant families.”