Poverty Rates and Population in Detroit, Cities Around the Country [Map + Motion Graphic]

We use interactive graphics to compare Detroit’s population and poverty rate to some 30 U.S. cities

Poverty Rates Across U.S. Cities

Press “play” and watch how the populations and poverty rates change in various American cities, including Detroit. This interactive Google Motion graphic allows you to watch the trends over the years and isolate a particular city by selecting it.

Here’s another look at the U.S. cities we charted. “Hover” over each to see individual city data about population and poverty.

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  • Melissa Mason
    UM-Dearborn Political Science student. Thought interning at WDET would be interesting. Does data for “Detroit By The Numbers” and assists with “Detroit Today.”