New map offers snapshot of poverty, well-being in Michigan

A new map that streamlines an overwhelming amount of poverty and well-being data will make it easier to understand what’s happening in counties across Michigan.

Poverty Solutions—the University of Michigan’s major initiative dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of poverty—developed the map to help policymakers, community organizations and the public understand the state of poverty in their communities.

“Any one statistic shows only a piece of the puzzle,” said H. Luke Shaefer, associate professor of social work and public policy and director of Poverty Solutions. “By looking at a range of things we learn more about the strengths and opportunities for improving the lives of Michigan residents.”

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