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Sanborn Analysis Supports A New Approach to Mapping Poverty Nationwide

Sanborn Analysis Supports A New Approach to Mapping Poverty Nationwide

The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) has released a major report: “Advancing Economic Development in Persistent-Poverty Communities” that finds a larger base of persistent poverty across the nation than previously estimated.

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“The work aims to advance a more precise way to measure persistent poverty that brings the full scale of the challenge and its true geography and demography into focus”

The research found that persistent geographic poverty is 72 percent larger by population than current county-based measurement. The report concludes that more direct development-related funding and customized policy solutions are needed to address the challenges of persistent-poverty communities.

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“The work aims to advance a more precise way to measure persistent poverty that brings the full scale of the challenge and its true geography and demography into focus,” said August Benzow, Research Lead, EIG.

In support of the research, The Sanborn Map Company’s (Sanborn) AppGeo Division and its Spatial Analytics Team worked with EIG to identify, classify, and map the spatial relationships within their persistent poverty database.

The Economic Innovation Group is a bipartisan public policy organization dedicated to forging a more dynamic and inclusive American economy. EIG produces nationally-recognized research and works with policymakers to develop ideas that empower workers, entrepreneurs, and communities.

The Sanborn Map Company (Sanborn), founded in 1866, is a leading geospatial company at the forefront of spatial data collection and technology innovation. One of the largest providers of end-to-end GIS products and services in the US, Sanborn capabilities include oblique, ortho, lidar, sonar, and hyperspectral data and mapping, secure data storage and streaming services, spatial analytics, custom application development, strategic planning, technical consulting, commercial data and cloud platforms, subscription geospatial solutions, staff augmentation, and GIS program managed services.

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