Project Tracks Income by Metro Line in DC

  • Jan 26th 2015

by Lark Turner

Project Tracks Income by Metro Line in DC: Figure 1
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A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) project tracing income by DC’s Metro lines and stations offers a really interesting way to look at median income in the region.

The tool (which you can check out here) comes from MIT’s You Are Here project. It turns the Metro map into an interactive graph that lists median income per station and per line.

“…Transit networks are powerful orientation features,” MIT’s researchers write. “Because they are so familiar, they form a nice backbone over which we can communicate data in an intuitive way.”

The map relies on Census data segmented by blocks to show the median incomes. “Wealthier” lines and stations are in the northwest center of town. The further out you go — and the further east — the more incomes drop. As Wonkblog points out, the Orange Line has the highest median income, at $97,236; the brand-new Silver Line, which runs through a lot of wealthy suburban areas, is second, at $92,205. But a stop on the Orange Line, Minnesota Avenue, has the lowest median income of any station, at $33,947.

The Green Line has the overall lowest median income, at $65,619.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/mit_project_tracks_income_by_Metro_line/9451.

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