Data Points

People of color living in low-resource neighborhoods

The city of Vallejo in Solano County.

Two-thirds of people of color in Solano County live in a low-resource neighborhood, where fewer good schools and less access to jobs, services and a healthy environment hurt their efforts to improve their lives.

In Solano County, that’s 166,000 people, according to data from the Bay Area Equity Atlas, a repository of data focused on quantifying racial and economic inequality in the region.

In contrast, 13 percent, or 8,800, people of color in Marin County live in a low-resource neighborhood. 

Here’s how the counties ranked by the percentage of people of color living in low-resource neighborhoods in 2015, the year for which the most recent data is available.

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1. Solano County — 66%
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2. Sonoma County — 60%
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3. Contra Costa County — 58%
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4. Alameda County — 38%
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5. Napa County — 33%
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6. Santa Clara County — 33%
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7. San Mateo County — 18%
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8. San Francisco — 16%
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9. Marin County — 13%

1. Solano County

66%

2. Sonoma County

60%

3. Contra Costa County

58%

4. Alameda County

38%

5. Napa County

33%

6. Santa Clara County

33%

7. San Mateo County

18%

8. San Francisco

16%

9. Marin County

13%

A system of public policies, institutional practices and cultural norms, also known as structural racism, is behind the high percentages in Solano, Sonoma and Contra Costa counties, said Stephen Menendian, assistant director and director of research at the Haas Institute at UC Berkeley. 

Where opportunity mapping has been done elsewhere, “what we consistently find is that African Americans, even upper-income African Americans, live in disproportionately lower opportunity areas,” Menendian said. 

SourceBay Area Equity Atlas; Haas Institute