The Bay Area region is at a crossroads. Our economy is one of the strongest on the planet, yet inequality is skyrocketing amidst persistent racial inequities, climate change is placing our future at risk, and we face a housing and displacement crisis that has hit low-income communities of color the hardest but has had a ripple effect throughout the region. Amidst this confluence of challenges, equity — just and fair inclusion — is both a moral imperative and an economic necessity. Addressing systemic racism and discrimination, and putting in place the policies, business models, and programs that remove barriers and ensure all Bay Area residents can participate and thrive is our region's path to inclusive prosperity.
The Bay Area Equity Atlas is a tool for community leaders seeking to create a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient region. Robust, disaggregated data is critical to informing action strategies for equitable growth. Despite the rich data and technology resources in the Bay Area, community leaders have lacked access to the data they need to drive solutions forward. The Bay Area Equity Atlas aims to fill this gap.
PolicyLink, PERE, and the San Francisco Foundation built the Atlas to accomplish the following goals:
- Build a shared understanding about the importance of equity to the region’s future
- Provide a set of powerful equity metrics that are disaggregated by race and other demographics to support more informed decision-making
- Inform solutions for equitable growth by sharing effective and promising strategies
- Democratize data and make data more accessible
- Increase the capacity of change-makers and advocates to use data to advance policy solutions
The Atlas is a living resource, and we will be adding new data and analyses on a regular basis. Sign up for our email updates (see the lower right corner) and check back regularly for new data, analyses, and stories about how data is driving action to build an equitable Bay Area.