America will soon be a majority people-of-color nation, yet inequality is skyrocketing and low-income people and communities of color face persistent barriers to accessing the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential. Equity, inclusion, and fairness are more than the right things to do, they are economic imperatives. Equity is the superior growth model. 

The National Equity Atlas was developed as a tool for the growing movement to create a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient economy. It is a comprehensive resource for data to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth in America’s regions, and states, and nationwide. The Atlas contains data on demographic change, racial and economic inclusion, and the potential economic gains from racial equity for the largest 100 cities, largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the United States as a whole.

PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) built the Atlas to equip community leaders and policymakers with the facts and analyses needed to:

  • Understand how your community’s demographics are changing;
  • Assess how well your community’s diverse populations can participate in its economic vitality, contribute to its readiness for the future, and connect to its assets and resources (and also see how it compares to other places);
  • Build a compelling narrative and shared understanding about why—and how much—equity matters to your community’s future; and
  • Inform the development of policies, plans, strategies, business models, and investments to advance equitable growth. 


Our aim is to democratize data and make it easy for you to understand, discuss, and use. Explore the Atlas to find:


  • Data summaries that provide a snapshot of how your community is doing on key indicators of demographic change and equity;
  • Charts, graphs, and maps to share with your colleagues and add to your presentations, fact sheets, reports, and funding proposals;
  • Stories about how local leaders are using equity data to catalyze new conversations and implement new equitable growth strategies and policies; and much more!

The Atlas is a living resource, and we will be adding new data and analyses on a regular basis. Sign up for our email list and check back regularly for new data, analyses, and stories about how data is driving action to build an equitable economy.


We are grateful to the Ford Foundation, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for supporting the National Equity Atlas.