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How Median Incomes Change Between Portland Light Rail Stations

When stepping off the TriMet MAX light rail, it can feel as though you’ve been transported to a different city at each stop, with each Portland neighborhood offering its own flair. A new map shows that income plays a role in these divisions as well.

MIT’s Social Computing Group created a map through the You Are Here project to determine median incomes along the TriMet MAX rails. The maps were put together using 2013 U.S. Census data on earnings within a half mile radius of each MAX station.

The average median household income citywide is $45,528, but when you break it down by line, there’s a stark difference by neighborhood MAX stop.

Throughout Portland, only a handful of stops show higher annual incomes than the citywide median, including Hollywood-NE 42nd Ave TC, Albina-Mississippi and Washington Park. None of these necessarily come as a surprise, but compare them to the median incomes nearby.

The You Are Here project determined median incomes of each TriMet MAX station based on census data.

The You Are Here project determined median incomes of each TriMet MAX station based on census data.

You Are Here/MIT Social Computing Group

Washington Park comes in as the highest average median income at $146,779 annually, which is a staggering $93,500 more than the average income one stop over at Goose Hollow-SW Jefferson St.

Skidmore Fountain has the lowest median income in the city with residents making $18,540.

The map was inspired by The New Yorker’s Inequality and New York’s Subway project. Over the past year, the Social Computing Group has been creating 100 maps for 100 different cities. So far, the group has created seven maps for Portland, including the fastest transportation around the city and where most bike accidents happen.

MIT Social Computing Group You Are Here TriMet

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