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America's public schools by and large are a reflection or microcosm of America’s neighborhoods. They can show discrepancies and divisions between communities based on race, income and graduation rates. Education is an integral part of what makes a community and a community’s identity.
Near our community in Southern Minnesota, there are several suburbs whose income levels and rates/quality of education are significantly higher than the state average. At face value, these suburbs seem to be affluent communities with excellent school districts, but if we look a little deeper, we see that there are actually significant inequalities both within and across the districts. By looking at school district boundaries and elementary school districting within each district, we will highlight racial and income disparities, as well as their correlation to the level of education within each community.
Our goals are to highlight some of the educational disparities among lower income and hispanic communities in the Lakeville, Northfield, Randolph, and Farmington elementary school districts, as well as across districts.
Our group is interested in the issue of housing inequality and how that contributes to the racial division in Northfield, MN. The racial dot map (shown under Northfield Interactive Map) that we were presented in class caught our attention. We want to know the types of housing people live in, the number of people who own or rent a house, their average annual income, and their overall living conditions. We are focusing on the Northfield city limits, especifically on the trailer park Viking Terrace where a majority of the Latinx population lives. Our group project talks about housing inequality yet focuses on the experiences of the people affected by this.
Our group project project focused on the spatial distribution of healthcare inequality in the Northfield community. We supplemented our research with an interview with community representative Erica Zweifel as well as the volunteer coordinator at HealthFinders, Sara Wendy. We uncovered a border to access in Northfield through our mapping project.
The aim of this mapping project was to discover how health differs across racial groups in Northfield. We decided to create a map that represented a comprehensive, preventative view of health by using Community Analyst software. Community Analyst allowed us to compare three variables that we felt captured a holistic measure of health across racial groups: percent minority population, healthcare expenditures, and frequency of regular exercise. We split the percent minority population variable into census tracts and used this to compare our other two variables across each area. We hypothesized that census tracts with larger percentages of minority populations would exhibit decreased proactive health measures of healthcare expenditures and regular exercise.
To get a more complete picture of our project, we then mapped places where exercise might take place, such as parks and gyms. Because food is another means of proactively maintaining health, we mapped mapped grocery stores to visualize access to healthy food. We wanted to see if such parks, gyms, and grocery stores were concentrated in areas of low minority populations, making access for these populations much more difficult.
Finally, we spoke with Erica Zweifel in the CCCE to discuss our maps and learn her perspectives on health and exercise disparities in Northfield.