The New Neighbors project is a collaboration between KJZZ and the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting that looks at how the Valley of the Sun has changed since the economic downturn a decade ago. AZCIR gathered data on demographics, employment, population movement, housing prices, rental rates and more to identify the parts of the metro Phoenix area that had recovered the best, changed the most or were still struggling. KJZZ then took that data analysis and reported on the stories of those people and communities.
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The map below shows clusters of above-average change, when looking at specific metrics. Clusters have been identified using a Moran’s I spatial autocorrelation analysis.
Blue represents above-average home value change between 2011 and 2017. Purple represents above-average increases in rental prices between 2010 and 2016. Orange represents above-average change in median household income, and green represents above-average change in educational attainment (bachelor’s degree and above), both using 2010 and 2015 American Community Survey data.
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