RACE COUNTS measures the overall performance, amount of racial disparity, and impact by population size of counties and cities in California. We found that the past still very much drives who has access to the promise of the Golden State.
Performance: How well all people are doing. For example, how high are Los Angeles County graduation rates?
Disparity: How well different racial groups in a county are doing compared to each other. For example, are Latinos graduating at the same rate as other groups in Los Angeles County?
Impact: The total population for each county and therefore how many people are affected. For example, how many people live in a county where graduation rates are high, but Black students don’t graduate as often as other racial groups?
Racial Equity (noun): Creating public institutions and policies that meet the needs of our changing demographics and level the playing field to create conditions for everyone in society to thrive.
How Do I Read These Charts?
SCATTERPLOTS, MAPS, HEAT MAPS
We use these colors primarily in scatterplots charts or geographic and heat maps
Colors measuring average / aggregate disparity or performance from lower (green) to higher (red)
BAR CHART COMPARISONS
In plotting bar charts, especially on county and city comparison pages, we use two colors: yellow (primary/county) and orange (secondary/city)
A third color of purple is added to bar charts when comparing two cities against the county average. The second city is purple. Yellow remains county. And orange is the initial city.
Purple is also a color used in maps and charts that don’t directly compare with other data sets.
BEST AND LOW RATE
The best rate is not the same as the best outcome. The best rate applies to the racial group which has the best performance on an indicator (e.g., highest graduation rate or lowest poverty rate).
Advancement Project is a next generation, multiracial civil rights organization. In California, we build alliances and trust, use data-driven policy solutions, create innovative tools, and work alongside communities to ignite social transformation!