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Where's the Money? Mapping Inver Grove Heights Incomes by Census Tract

Do you think different parts of Inver Grove Heights have different income levels? And how do the closest neighbors of Inver Grove Heights residents compare? Read on to find the answer.

Drive through Inver Grove Heights, and you will notice that some blocks are more affluent than others. But just how wide is the disparity between different parts of town?

Thanks to the efforts of the website, Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks, we have the answers to those questions. The site uses data compiled from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey to show median household income by census tract.

The data show that the median household income in Inver Grove Heights ranges from $51,403 to $112,772. According to the data, the census tracts in the southwest of the city, between Highway 55 and the Eagan border, are the richest, with a median household income of $112,772. Farther to the east, the tracts between Highway 55 and the river have a median household income of $74,375.

Moving north, prosperity follows Highway 52 closely through the heart of Inver Grove Heights, with tracts along the thoroughfare boasting median household incomes of $73,152 and $62,835.

Other tracts in the city have lower median incomes, between $51,403 and $57,008.

Overall Inver Grove Heights is richer than the state as a whole, which has a median income range of $49,964 to $60,207.

To see the data mapped out and check out more Twin Cities neighborhoods, visit the Rich Block, Poor Blocks website.

Zac Farber February 12, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Thanks for your input. Let me briefly explain our reasoning for publishing the story. Census data are made publicly available. Part of Patch's job is to report on social and economic trends affecting the towns we cover, and reporting on regional income levels seems consistent with this mission. I'd argue that the privacy implications are minimal since we're not publicizing individual citizens' incomes.
Dian Piekarski February 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Ever lived in the "poor part of town?" Or labeled "a rich kid?" Census data is publicly available to those who really want the information. This just has a bad feel to it.
Al Tate February 13, 2013 at 02:06 PM
It is made available publicly but people really don't go looking for that. Now you are opening up people to labeling others, especially kids "oh you grow up in the poor part of town" that has a huge effect on kids and their drive and confidence. Patch should be ashamed to stoop to this level of rogue journalism. What a crock! Then agan, the downfall of Patch continues so I am not surprised.
yomammy February 13, 2013 at 08:40 PM
maybe a list of all the gun owners next....FAIL.
Pork Chop Guy February 16, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I can see both sides to the argument on whether this data shoul be published. I can't imagine a criminal using it, but it is possible. I think most criminals look for an opportunity. Such as an open garage door, or signs that no one is home. You can also tell nicer parts of the town just by driving around. With any report, I would really question the data that goes into the map. Yeah - the gun map report that came out in a NY newspaper a couple of months ago was a seriously bad idea.

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