Map of the Week

December 2015: Exploring Educational Attainment in the Newark Region

In this series of posts, we will explore a few different methods to understand the landscape of educational attainment in Newark and the surrounding area. Educational attainment is important at both the individual and the citywide or regional level. At the individual level, obtaining postsecondary education is critically important for competing in today’s knowledge-based economy. Postsecondary education is also a critical vehicle that enables residents to escape from poverty, earn higher incomes, and build wealth. At the citywide or regional level, an educated population reduces the prevalence of poverty, attracts high-skill and high-paying jobs, and increases income within communities, some of which is transferred to municipal coffers via local taxes. Due to these reasons, increasing the prevalence of postsecondary education in Newark is an issue that currently garners much attention from civic leaders and stakeholders. It is therefore important to have an understanding of how educational attainment is changing in the Newark region.

June 2016, Immigration in New Jersey

Since Europeans first settled in the New Jersey area in the early 1600s, immigrants have defined the state’s population, culture, and economy.

April 2016: Locating Economic Clusters

In this month’s series of posts, we will look at New Jersey’s industries and where they are located around the state and in the City of Newark.  Every industry can be classified according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  We aggregate these NAICS classifications into four main sectors:

Exploring Employment Diversity in New Jersey

In this series of posts, we will be exploring how employment is distributed throughout New Jersey. In our exploration, we will be utilizing the Diversity Index to analyze the diversity of all jobs in the state by their industry sector. We will be using the Diversity Index in much the same way as in our previous posts, only here, rather than analyzing the diversity of a particular characteristic of individuals or households, the objects of our analysis will be jobs.

March 2016: Exploring the Diversity of Educational Attainment in New Jersey

In our series of posts for the month of March, we will explore how educational attainment is distributed throughout New Jersey. Just as in some of our past posts, we will be using the Diversity Index to measure the diversity and segregation of different educational groups. For this analysis, we have divided the population of adults 25 and older from particular geographies into four mutually exclusive and non-overlapping groups based on their educational attainment.