Data You Can Use, in collaboration with the Community Development Alliance, is pleased to release this second round of indicator maps for Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. These indicators are intended to help community members, planners, policy makers, and neighborhood organizations to plan, document and explore key pieces of information about their neighborhoods.

Equity and Access Indicators

Explore our six Equity and Access Indicator Maps here: Access to Basic Needs, Access to Quality Schools, Access to Employment, Community and Civic Engagement, Diversity Index, and Historic Disadvantage.

WHY are these indicators important?

Access to basic needs:  People need to fulfill their most basic needs (food, water, clothing, shelter, etc.) in order to reach their full human potential. Often times this depends on their ability to purchase basic necessities for themselves and families.

Access to quality schools:  Access to quality education keeps children and youth supported and motivated. It is a predictor of future success in life. It is also a driving force in the economic development of an area.

Access to employment: Good public transportation generally costs less than driving but most people drive to work and most prefer a shorter commute which means less time sitting in the car, less money spent on gas and maintenance, and more time with family and friends.  Areas where the commute is long can indicate the lack of basic services.

Civic/community Engagement: Voting is one of the simplest and easiest ways to be involved in the community. People who vote in national elections are more likely to also be politically informed and active on a local level. Low participation rates may also reflect voting barriers.

Diversity Index: This indicator measures the degree to which a community contains a mix of people across different groups and offers opportunities to residents of all ages, races and backgrounds. It is important to the overall livability of an area.

Historic Disadvantage: Areas that have suffered decades of depressed home values due to redlining, government policy, and racism face greater challenges in overcoming segregation and social isolation. Identifying and acknowledging these areas can help residents and policy makers to target strategies to mitigate the damage and rebuild neighborhoods.