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Best Maps of 2013: Where Are the Richest Parts of Town?

The map below shows the median income in blocks across your neighborhood as reported by the US Census Bureau.

Credit: tomsriver.patch.com
Credit: tomsriver.patch.com

As the end of the year draws near, we will be highlighting the best data maps Patch has run in 2013. It's part of our Newscruncher series, which breaks down the characteristics of your town by the numbers. If you see any technical issues with this map, or if you'd like to suggest ideas for future Newscruncher articles, please email data@patch.com.

The map above shows the median income in areas across your neighborhood.

Nationally, the median household income didn’t budge much in the past few years. It only fell slightly to $51,017 in 2012 from $51,100 in 2011. It is also still below 2007 pre-recession level.

However, the median income for younger people has been decreasing while older individuals, those 65 years or older, continues to rise. So much so that seniors comprised 66 percent of the national median income in 2012.

The median is defined by dividing the income distribution into two equal parts: one-half of households in each census tract fall below the median income and one-half are above the median.

Using your cursor, you can hover over any census tract – the geographic region defined by U.S. Census – and see the median household income in the box in the upper right hand corner of the map.

Which parts of town surprise you? Tell us in a comment or a blog post.

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