This article & interaction map provides rankings of counties by the ease of living. The ranking considers 6 variables: education (percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree), median household income, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity.
Cost of Living (One-bedroom apartment wages)
This website shows the minimum hourly rate that people would need to make in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment. Data are shown for every county in the United States.
This site compares the salary that you would need in 27 different cities in order to be able to afford buying a home (including a map).
This website has a map that shows the relative value of $100 by state.
This map shows the difference in living costs around the world using figures from the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. The Consumer Price Index, used to determine the difference in the living costs between countries takes into account the prices of groceries, transportation, restaurants and utilities.
This article discusses problems with the way the poverty rate is determined, using NYC as a case for rethinking the factors that we consider. Could launch an exploration of geographic variations in cost of living in your local area.
This article describes seven cities that have been radically altered by gentrification in the 21st century. They define gentrification by the percentage of urban homes that went from the bottom half of home price distribution to the top half. Although this article doesn’t offer any statistical data, 9 Ways Privileged People Can Reduce the Negative Impact of Gentrification could be an interesting way for privileged students to think of ways to take action towards social justice.