Regional Equity Atlas

The Regional Equity Atlas is a major research and education project
to promote widespread opportunity
for a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable region.

Where we live has a significant impact on our quality of life and ability to thrive.  Disparities in the distribution of resources and opportunities mean that not all communities in the Portland-Vancouver metro region benefit from the opportunities available here.

Using maps, policy analysis, and community based research, the Regional Equity Atlas project assesses how well different neighborhoods and populations are able to access the essential resources needed to meet their basic needs and advance their health and well-being.

The Equity Atlas project has three main parts:

  • Maps and explanation of the findings:  Sample maps and an initial analysis of findings
  • Web-based mapping tool:  Customized maps on key issues affecting the region
  • Outeach and Education:  CLF has engaged thousands of stakeholders to explore equity issues revealed by the maps, and works with a wide range of partner organizations to analyze disparities and develop policy recommendations. 

By illuminating the region’s geography of opportunity, the Equity Atlas is a powerful tool for promoting greater regional equity.  It can be used to inform a wide range of planning, policy, and investment decisions, such as where to locate new housing, transit, parks, services, infrastructure, and other amenities, and where to most effectively target public and private investments. 

Explore the rest of the Equity Atlas to:

  • Request assistance on how to use the Equity Atlas, infuse equity tools into planning and other decisions, or develop your own equity atlas.
  • Learn more about the Equity Atlas project
  • Read a summary of our key findings
  • View additional data, including the data sources for the indicators, additional maps, and data that could not be included in the mapping tool
  • Learn about how regional organizations are using the Equity Atlas

Our primary partners on the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 Project are Metro,
Portland State University’s Institute for Metropolitan Studies, and Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation.

Major funding provided by the Bullitt Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Community Fund,
Meyer Memorial Trust, Northwest Health Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.