A Portrait of Marin Launches!

The Measure of America and Humantific team are delighted to announce the publication of the next chapter in the Measure of America Series: A Portrait of Marin.

This Social SenseMaking project was initiated and funded by the forward thinking Marin Community Foundation, the primary center for philanthropy in Marin County, California, and one of the largest community foundations in the United States.

Following the recently published Measure of America report, A Portrait of California, this report is focused on Marin County, located across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Marin is known for its affluence and natural beauty, yet careful analysis reveals that the quality of life among different groups varies considerably. While some Marinites are enjoying extraordinarily high levels of well-being, others are experiencing levels of health, education, and living standards that are ranked lower than the worst-scoring state in the United States. Rankings are provided for the major racial and ethnic groups, men and women, native- and foreign-born residents, and Marin’s fifty-one census tracts for which there are reliable U.S Census data.

One goal of The Measure of America social sensemaking series is to surface and inform deeper understanding of complex societal issues that need to be addressed and constructively changed. For those interested in the subject: Social SenseMaking for ChangeMaking is about clarity not simplicity.

Key Findings:

There is a 13-year gap in life expectancy separating residents of Ross, who live 88 years, and residents of Hamilton in southern Novato, who only live 75 years.

While fewer than 30 percent of American adults have completed at least a four-year college degree, in Marin, over half have.

In Marin, as across the nation, the schools whose students have greater needs tend to get fewer dollars.

Though Marin’s planners have targeted employment in areas such as biotechnology and software as a way to stimulate the recovery and the county’s long-term growth, the lion’s share of job growth that has occurred over the last two decades in Marin is overwhelmingly at the other end of the scale: low-wage service employment.

Press:

A Portrait of Marin, First County-Level American Human Development Report
in Measure of America Series, Reveals Striking Disparities in Well-Being

San Francisco Chronicle

New ‘Portrait of Marin’ Report Explores Marin’s Income Inequality Gap
by Rob Rodgers | Marin Independent Journal

Gap Between Marin High/Low (Earners) Explored
by Chris Roberts | NBC Bay Area

Report Analyses County’s Racial, Economic Disparity
by Jason Walsh | Pacific Sun

For more information on The Measure of America, and to download a copy of the report, visit measureofamerica.org.

For more on the rising awareness of “The Great Divide” as the “defining issue of our time” see Acknowledging The Great Divide.

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