New Interactive Map Shows Poverty Rates for All U.S. School Districts

To get a good idea of the plight of poor children in America, take a look at a new interactive map put together by the nonprofit EdBuild.

The map shows Census Bureau poverty rates in each of the nation’s nearly 14,000 school districts nationwide (including Alaska and Hawaii). The darker the blue on the map, the greater the concentration of children living in poverty. 

As a Washington Post report notes, zoom out, and you can see macro-level concentrations of poverty and wealth. Zoom in, and you see how school district boundaries often serve as stark lines of division between the poor and the affluent.

EdBuild published the map to highlight inequitable school funding across the country. Fixing that problem is the main aim for the new nonprofit, says EdBuild founder, Rebecca Sibilia.