Data Tool Maps Demographic Patterns Around the BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine Neighborhood Data Explorer is a public data visualization tool dedicated to mapping growth and change over time in BeltLine neighborhoods. The tool, built in partnership with Neighborhood Nexus, is the first step in a multi-phase partnership to track socioeconomic indicators and BeltLine investments across the project’s geography, which spans 10 planning “Subareas” and 45 BeltLine-adjacent neighborhoods. The data explorer tool draws upon over 5,000 variables Neighborhood Nexus tracks across multiple geographies.

The tool is intended to:

  • establish neighborhood-level historical baselines in areas such as race, household income, employment, and housing tenure (e.g., renters and owners).
  • provide a snapshot of demographic and socioeconomic conditions today, 15 years into the project’s 25-year lifespan. Data sources include the decennial census, the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, and Atlanta Police Department statistics.

Accessing the Data

A pop-up window provides high-level data points for NSAs and Subareas, while downloadable factsheets for each geography contain a wealth of more granular data. Download this helpful how-to guide to get started.

An overview of the Data Explorer’s layout and data layers

Users can display layers for:

  • Neighborhood Statistical Areas (NSAs)
  • BeltLine Subareas
  • Additional geographies such as Atlanta City Council districts, Neighborhood Planning Areas (NPUs), and Georgia State House and Senate districts can be overlaid for reference.

Access Neighborhood Data Explorer

Purpose of the Neighborhood Data Explorer

Grounded in Equity

Social equity and inclusion have always been at the center of the Atlanta BeltLine’s vision. From its inception as a graduate thesis in 1999, the project sought to reclaim and repurpose physical infrastructure that had long divided Atlanta neighborhoods along divisions of race and class.

While the new data explorer is designed to inform the public and promote transparency and accountability, the data it’s built on will also help ABI grow its evidence base on project impacts in each Subarea. These metrics will help track progress toward project goals and flag demographic and economic trends that may require policy intervention, such as areas that appear particularly vulnerable to gentrification and displacement.

Learn more about how the data explorer is designed to inform the public and promote transparency and accountability.

Evaluating Performance

Metrics will help track progress toward project goals and flag demographic and economic trends that may require policy intervention, such as areas that appear particularly vulnerable to gentrification and displacement.

View examples of performance measures and indicators ABI will use to evaluate equity.