Explore Neighborhood Data with ETindex

Explore Neighborhood Data with ETindex

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ETindex is a powerful tool for tracking community conditions at regional and county levels, and many of the 87 economy and quality of life indicators featured on the site allow for neighborhood-level exploration.

Maps of small areas, called census tracts, are provided throughout the website. They show neighborhood information like population counts, race/ethnicity, family type, and income, as well as details about homeownership, housing vacancy, and cost.

Tracts cover areas with roughly 3,000 to 5,000 people. These areas may not align exactly with neighborhood boundaries, or they may cover several adjoining neighborhoods, but they are well-suited to understand localized conditions. Population and housing figures for each tract are collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and released annually, so the information is both detailed and timely.

Accessing maps on ETindex

For 19 indicators on ETindex.org, a tab or button marked 'Map' is shown. Clicking or tapping the tab will take you to the map. To view neighborhood information:

  1. Click/tap the county where the neighborhood is located.
  2. A small information box will appear. Click/tap Zoom to to get a closer view.
  3. The map will redraw with census tracts shown. Click a tract to view its detailed information.
  4. Click/tap Zoom to for a closer look at roadways and neighborhood names.
  5. To learn more about the colors on a map, open the legend by clicking Select map to display at the top left corner of the map

Interactive maps available on ETindex.org

Average commute time
Children in poverty
Children living with grandparents
Crop production
Educational attainment
Family households
Homeownership rate
Households receiving public assistance
Impaired streams
Median age
Median gross rent
Median home value
Median household income
People in poverty
Population by race/ethnicity
Single-parent families
Total population
Unemployment rate
Vacant housing units

Comparing your neighborhood

Information gleaned from tract-level maps is useful for comparison with other neighborhoods or with the city or county where the neighborhood is located.

The maps and the demographic, social, economic, and housing conditions they show are a great tool to help neighborhoods understand local strengths and challenges. They allow communities to ask informed questions and find good answers in the effort to make their neighborhoods better places to live.