At the Scout Report we love a good interactive map, and the Opportunity Atlas is a fabulous exemplar. This richly detailed map created by researchers at the US Census Bureau and Harvard University visualizes for general audiences and scholars alike the connections between the economic status of adults and the neighborhoods where they grew up. We were impressed by the design and usability of the Opportunity Atlas as well as its robustness.
Launched in October 2018, the Opportunity Atlas answers the question "Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?" by using "anonymous data following 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-30s." The result is a fascinating map showing the average adulthood outcomes of people born between 1978-1983, according to the census tract where they grew up. Visitors can explore the map by zooming into a particular place and selecting the outcome (e.g. household income) and demographics (e.g. parent income) they are interested in. They can also view several interactive stories (identified on the map by a book icon) that provide a tour through some of the insights the Opportunity Atlas offers. The Opportunity Atlas has several features that may be of interest to researchers and educators, including the ability to download raw data, save or link to specific map views, compare two different demographics, and import and overlay your own data. This resource provides tutorials, user guides, and detailed explanations of their methodology. The Opportunity Atlas is a collaboration between researchers at the US Census Bureau and Opportunity Insights (formerly the Equality of Opportunity Project), a research and policy group at Harvard University.