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Greater Portland Pulse tracks social, economic and educational data to improve region's prosperity
Author: Suzanne Pardington, University Communications
Posted: July 25, 2011

Children of color living in poverty in the Portland region are more likely to come from families with lower levels of education and less access to affordable housing, health care, the arts and nature, a new report and interactive website show. 

Greater Portland Pulse – a partnership of Portland State University's (PSU) Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Metro, and more than 100 organizations – launched the website and released its first report to push the Portland region toward a more prosperous future by identifying and helping those most in need. 

Download the full report at www.portlandpulse.org. The website allows people to slide over new interactive maps and charts to see how the data change over time and place.

Among the findings:

High-cost home loans are more prevalent in high minority, low-income areas;

Black and Hispanic children are more likely to live in poverty than white and most Asian children; and

About half of students of color graduate with a regular high school diploma in four years.

"Greater Portland Pulse is an important project and tool for anyone who wants to guide our region to a more prosperous and sustainable future," said PSU President Wim Wiewel, co-chair of the advisory team. "Looking at the data in great detail allows us to see and address the equity issues that emerge." 

The report, The Path to Economic Prosperity: Equity and the Education Imperative, identifies education as the key to greater prosperity as the region grows. 

 “This is exciting work," said Rex Burkholder, Metro Council liaison for this project. "We've expanded our thinking on key issues such as health and equity through working with broad and diverse partnerships. What we find out about our communities through this project will inform and improve the critical decisions we make about future growth and transportation investments in this region.”