Think you live in a hipster ‘hood? Constantly complaining about the stroller parades down your block? While you may think you have your neighbors pinpointed, a quick look at the hard facts may surprise you. Last week, the Department of City Planning revealed its updated Census Fact Finder, an interactive application that uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey to provide highly detailed neighborhood profiles.
Take for example the Lower East Side, often thought of as a playground for well-off post-grads. As The Lo-Down noted, 47 percent of the neighborhood’s population is unemployed, only 34 percent have a college degree, and 35 percent pay less than $500/month in rent.