Using maps, the Atlas aims to answer questions like:
- Do all children have access to quality public schools across the region? How much connection is there between the socioeconomic status of families and school quality?
- Which communities have ample access to parks and natural areas, and which ones don't?
- What neighborhoods in our region lack access to grocery stores?
- Which cities have sufficient resources to provide public services to residents, and which ones don't?
The Regional Equity Atlas: Metropolitan Portland’s Geography of Opportunity displays over 50 dynamic maps that illustrate the geographic distribution of people and assets in the region, along with the relationship between the two. The first set of maps focuses on the distribution of populations who have historically been left behind—poor people and people of color. The second set of maps—the opportunity maps—show the regional distribution of resources to which everyone should have access—resources like affordable housing, quality public schools, transit, public parks, greenspaces, grocery stores and walkable neighborhoods. A unique reference table combines the two map sets to provide the basis for understanding the relationship between where vulnerable populations live and whether or not they have adequate access to these regional assets.
Choose the chapter of the Regional Equity Atlas that you'd like to view.
Maps are organized by the chapter in which they're found in the Regional Equity Atlas.
Warning: Map 1-1 is very large (73 MB)! Most maps are 1 to 5 MB in size.
Included as Appendix A in the Regional Equity Atlas, the Neighborhood/City Summary Table is a unique reference table that describes demographic information and measures for access to parks, transit, affordable housing and the like, for more than 300 neighborhoods and cities in the four-county metropolitan region.
The file below includes an orientation map, to help find the neighborhood you're interested in, as well as an explanation of fields included in the table.
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- The Regional Equity Atlas Methodology (108KB) includes the map methods and notes for the Regional Equity Atlas, which correspond to Appendix B. This is the nitty gritty of how the maps were created.
The Equity Atlas Neighborhood Summary Table: Primer (10.7MB) explains the development and contents of the neighborhood summary table portion of the Regional Equity Atlas to help the reader know how it should or can be used. Section I provides a brief overview of the elements in the Summary Table. Section II walks the reader through what might be a typical use. Section III provides more detail on how the components of the Summary Table relate to the Equity Atlas maps.