Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Equity Indicators Tool

On December 8, 2015, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors initiated the Equitable Development Work Program. The work program includes land use ordinances and other tools to ensure implementation of the Los Angeles County General Plan in a manner that allows County residents at all income levels to benefit from growth and development, encourages the preservation and production of safe and affordable housing, and reduces neighborhood health disparities.

One of the tools envisioned by the work program is the Equity Indicators Tool, a web-based mapping tool that displays socioeconomic, demographic and other information to identify areas that are experiencing greater degrees of challenges. The current version of the tool displays the following indicators on both the Countywide and neighborhood level:

  • Educational attainment
  • Income
  • Unemployment
  • Homeless counts
  • Housing cost burden
  • Pollution burden
  • Overcrowding
  • School quality
  • High segregation and poverty
  • Park need

The tool also includes information on the percentage of people of color to demonstrate racialized patterns of inequity, as well as other information related to vulnerable populations and the quality of the built environment.

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The Equity Indicators Tool is one of many available tools and resources available to facilitate equitable development.

What is Equity?

  • When every individual, regardless of race, income-level, or neighborhood, is given access to the resources they need to succeed and thrive.
  • Closing the gaps so that race does not predict one’s success, while also improving outcomes for all.

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