Social IMPACT Research Center has launched a new interactive poverty data portal to complement the recently released 2011 Report on Illinois Poverty.
This interactive website allows you to more easily access county-level data related to poverty, employment, education, and assets. We hope that the site will empower advocates, impacted community members, and our decision makers to see the true impact of poverty on different populations and areas of the state.
IMPACT has developed a comprehensive picture of poverty in our state. They provide data across 35 indicators related to poverty, including income, employment, housing, heath & nutrition, and total assets.
Another useful tool for advocates and decision makers is the Well-Being Index. This index highlights counties that are experiencing particularly negative conditions and trends on four key indicators: poverty, unemployment, teen births, and high school graduation. In 2011, 36 out of 102 Illinois counties are on either the Poverty Watch or Poverty Warning lists.
As we work to address poverty in Illinois, ilpovertyreport.org provides the tools and information needed to better inform advocates and decision makers about the depth and scope of hardship across the state. Check out the site and take advantage of the fact sheets, spreadsheets customized to geography and selected, indicators, and share the information with others.