ChicagoNow blogger (and occasional Center Square Journal contributor) Megan Cottrell took a look at local census statistics recently published in the New York Times’ in a handy-dandy colorful map.
Cottrell writes in the Chicago Muckrakers blog:
When I look at my own neighborhood, on the border between Lincoln Square and Albany Park on the city’s North West Side, I see a pretty typical melting pot. Fairly racially diverse, with a pretty middle of the road income. What surprised me was when I took a look at one of the NYT’s income maps – how many people make under $30,000 a year where I live.
Cottrell writes that 36 percent of people in her neighborhood are living on less than an income of $30,000 in what is not exactly the cheapest neighborhood in the city. Rent can easily take up more than 30 percent of a $30,000 income.