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Tool for Understanding Durham Neighborhoods Gets Even More Data

Tool for Understanding Durham Neighborhoods Gets Even More Data

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Durham NC public parkDurham, North Carolina is a city that has changed rapidly in the last few years.

For many Durhamites, it seems practically unrecognizable at times with new developments cropping up around the downtown area at a record pace. All this growth has brought has brought into focus the need to understand Durham’s communities better.

Since May 2014, the Durham Neighborhood Compass has provided a rich resource for researchers and curious residents alike. Using the Compass, individuals can get incredible amounts of information based on neighborhood, region, and address in Durham County.

Details like election participation, proximity to grocery stores, and tree coverage in neighborhoods all paint a picture of Durham’s different communities using data.

The Compass is run by DataWorks NC, a non-profit partnership supported by the City of Durham, Durham County, and Duke’s Social Science Research Institute. SSRI Visiting Research Fellow John Killeen is managing director of DataWorks NC and a key visionary for the Compass.

To stay ahead of new community data trends and increase the usefulness of the tool, DataWorks NC has released the latest information with more than 50 key measures of neighborhood life, from 1970 to the present, as part of a newly updated Compass.

Curious how the number of trees in a neighborhood might affect quality of life? How many of your neighbors voted in the past primary? Visit compass.durhamnc.gov to explore the data.

For more about the update, read the press release from DataWorks NC linked below.

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