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Find Out How Much Rent Your Neighbors Are Paying in the Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks Map


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If there’s one thing we love at the Stoop, it’s a good interactive map, and we’ve got a semi-voyeuristic, possibly disheartening, but 100% addictive one in Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks. The color-coded map divides areas by census tract, and then displays information on either household income or rent based on data from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey.

The highest income ($120,727 +/- $18,500) runs, unsurprisingly, between 8th Avenue and PPW from Union to 6th Street, while the lowest-income tract (with a median income of $79,444 +/- $16,745) is found in the southwest corner, near 9th Street and 4th Avenue.

Interestingly enough, these results don’t entirely match up with rent data.

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Rent levels are displayed in varying intensities of red, with higher rents represented by deeper hues. Somewhere in there is a metaphor about bloodthirsty landlords, and the Park Slope tracts are not a pretty sight. All but two tracts are in the map’s highest range ($1,639 and up) with the most expensive section, between 4th and 6th Avenue from Union to 1st Street, showing a median monthly rent of $1,996.

The lowest median rent (a still steep $1,347) is found in tract 137, the section which also shows the lowest income.

You can click on each individual tract for more specific information, or you can just swing around the map, checking in on different boroughs, cities, and states. Why not? You’ll impress everyone with your thorough knowledge of census data at your next fancy dinner party, which will probably be in tract 165.

Images via Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks

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  1. Are the rents based on studio apartment rates? They seem pretty low compared to what is being advertised online. I would think the median rate is well above $2500 in most of these tracts.

  2. That’s a good question, and I’m looking into it. It does seem to be based on single occupancy (whether studio or one-bedroom), although, since it’s the median, maybe there are just more studios/single bedrooms than larger apartments (but that also doesn’t seem really likely). Either way, it is based on data from 2007-2011 which would bring the numbers down, too. More info to come!

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