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Posted by Allegra East on Aug 23, 2016

Indy Vitals Blog Series – Income, Unemployment, and Health Insurance in Indianapolis

By Tim Bailey, Data Analysis & Visualization Intern

You may be aware that the U.S. has a disproportionately large uninsured population when compared to countries with similar developed economies. While many of these countries have long had nationalized health care services, the U.S. has a deeply ingrained privatized free market system. How to best deal with this gap is certainly a political matter up for debate, but it may be helpful to take a step back and look at health insurance coverage data spatially. The goal of these visualizations is to show what the uninsured population looks like in Indianapolis and to evoke curiosity about what this means and what can be done to change it.

The top map shows the rate of residents without health insurance. Each year shows the average from the 5-year period before (e.g. 2012 would be 2006-2011). The scatterplot shows the relation between median household income, and the rate of residents without health insurance. Color on the scatterplot represents the rate of unemployment.

All of these measures are related. Areas with low incomes and high unemployment have higher rates of people without health insurance. Notice the neighborhood areas with the highest percentage of uninsured people was lower in the 2013 report compared to the 2012 report.

Interested in digging deeper? Visit indyvitals.org to explore trends in uninsured populations, median household incomes, and unemployment rates in Indianapolis neighborhood areas for different demographic groups.

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Posted by Allegra East on Aug 9, 2016

What Type of Businesses are Located in Your Neighborhood? — IndyVitals Blog Series

By Tim Bailey, Data Analysis & Visualization Intern

Have you ever wondered exactly what type of businesses are offered in your neighborhood or an area in which you’d like to live and be close to your job? Interested in food services, hospitality, finance/insurance, healthcare, or retail? This information is readily available with the digital tool IndyVitals. Using the interactive map below, select an Indianapolis neighborhood to see what job sectors show up.

The shaded map represents the percentage of residents employed in their own neighborhood. You may determine the total number of jobs per neighborhood (the bubble and pie charts illustrate the actual number and the percentage of total jobs that each economic sector represents respectively for the chosen neighborhood area and all of Marion County) and you can compare the per capita income of the chosen neighborhood to that of all of Marion County. Did you enjoy this dashboard? Check out indyvitals.org to learn more about your neighborhood!

 

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Posted by Allegra East on Aug 5, 2016

A Guide to Traversing Indianapolis Without a Car — IndyVitals Blog Series

By Tim Bailey, Data Analysis & Visualization Intern

Marion County in Central Indiana has noted a trend, especially among young people, of a preference for a car-less existence and mixed zones of residential, green space, and businesses in an appealing environment. People want to live and work close enough that they can walk or bike. Although not formerly considered a city that offered many options in that regard, Indianapolis is working on making the city a better place to live, work and visit. Improvements have been made with the provision of extensive greenways such as the Monon and Cultural Trails, electric car-sharing services such as Blue Indy, bike sharing programs, and a more user-friendly IndyGo bus route network.

The six maps below compile data from the online IndyVitals tool to help you better understand the walkability and livability of Indianapolis neighborhood areas. The different metrics characterize neighborhoods by the ease with which one can get around using public transportation and pedestrian friendly routes. The walk, bike, and transit scores come from walkscore.com, a site and data collection originally built by Front Seat with the mission of promoting walkable neighborhoods as a simple solution to improve health, the environment, and the economy. (You can check out their full methodology here: walkscore.com/methodology.shtml.) The rest of the data was compiled by the staff of The Polis Center.

IndyVitals offers a tremendous amount of information about various Indianapolis neighborhoods. We encourage you to visit indyvitals.org and explore the areas in which you may want to live so you have a good snapshot to help make decisions.

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