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RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Paul McDaniel

Abstract (300 words maximum)

There are many great things about the San Francisco Bay Area of California such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Google, Apple, Silicon Valley, and even great beaches. It is one of the most diverse regions in the country, the economy is constantly booming, and new opportunities are always arising. It should be an area with a generally high standard of living for the average person. However, the Bay Area contains some of the highest levels of socioeconomic inequality in the United States. The average person in the Bay Area is not the stereotypical tech worker living in a nice loft who’s able to eat organic food every day. This study spatially examines various factors, such as income poverty levels, and racial demographics, to create measurements and a visualization of inequality in the region. This is important because issues related to inequality cannot be solved without understanding where the issues are focused. As such, this project yields applied results that will be helpful to understand and begin to plan for mitigating the adverse impacts of inequality in the Bay Area.

Disciplines

Human Geography

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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A Geographic Examination of Inequality in California’s Bay Area

There are many great things about the San Francisco Bay Area of California such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Google, Apple, Silicon Valley, and even great beaches. It is one of the most diverse regions in the country, the economy is constantly booming, and new opportunities are always arising. It should be an area with a generally high standard of living for the average person. However, the Bay Area contains some of the highest levels of socioeconomic inequality in the United States. The average person in the Bay Area is not the stereotypical tech worker living in a nice loft who’s able to eat organic food every day. This study spatially examines various factors, such as income poverty levels, and racial demographics, to create measurements and a visualization of inequality in the region. This is important because issues related to inequality cannot be solved without understanding where the issues are focused. As such, this project yields applied results that will be helpful to understand and begin to plan for mitigating the adverse impacts of inequality in the Bay Area.

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