Tidbit Tuesday — Median Income Surrounding SEPTA Stations, Part 1
May 7, 2013
Every Tuesday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.
In the last few weeks, several cities (including Washington, DC and New York City) have looked at the median income for households surrounding their rail and subway stations. We decided to do the same analysis here in Philadelphia to see what the story is. Because SEPTA provides the Philadelphia area with such a transit-rich environment, there is an overwhelming amount of information. Therefore, we will be splitting this segment up into two weeks. This week we will be looking at the Regional Rail Stations and next week we will be examining the Subway Stations. All figures are based on 2007-2011 ACS data and are the average median household income of all census tracts that are within or intersect a 1/2 mile radius drawn from each regional rail stop.
The median household income in the United States is $52,762. The map below illustrates those Regional Rail Stops where the average median household income is above the national average (green) and below the national average (yellow). Do any surprise you?
These next graphs show the average median household income graphed over the course of each SEPTA Regional Rail Line. The graphs also show which stations are in which counties. What patterns do you see? What lines surprise you?