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Description: We were performing exploratory data analysis and wanted to tell a story that involved being able to play with some of the mapping functionality.
Data Source: The US Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service publishes county-level data
Our Process: In the end, we decided to combine the county level data for poverty and education to come up with maps to display the counties with the best and worst proportions for the percentage of adults who have college degrees, and those who are in poverty.
Results: The top 25 counties with a large percentage of college-educated adults and also high marks of adult poverty were heavily concentrated in the midwest, particularly western Nebraska. The bottom 25 counties were primarily in the south-east, particularly Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.
Questions/Observations: The data includes detailed splits for ages 0-4, 5-17, and 0-17. However, there is no corresponding breakouts for seniors -- this seems like a major gap in the data where we provide high visibility into youth poverty, but are entirely blind to elderly in the official government data sets.