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How Does Regional Equity Impact Economic Growth & Resilience?

We treasure our quality of life in the San Diego region more than most places across the country. We also take pride in our long history of multiculturalism and vibrant arts and culture community that help to drive our innovation economy.

Yet San Diegans are concerned about the region’s high cost of living and the need for more job opportunities and higher wages1.  Indeed, our region’s economic growth and resilience depend on people having incomes to provide for themselves and their families2.

And as our region has grown more diverse – we now have a majority minority population – we have also experienced rising income inequality.

San Diego Equity Indicators

The San Diego Foundation partnered with Dr. Manuel Pastor from the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California to develop a set of equity indicators for our region.

These indicators show current and future demographic trends and inequities for education, jobs, and housing for the San Diego region. This data and information can and should drive policymaking in our region to ensure we have better opportunities for all San Diegans, and in turn, ensure economic growth and resilience.

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Eight such indicators are highlighted in infographics below to demonstrate both successes of our region and areas with room for growth in many different measures of equity.

Infographic 1: Who lives in the region and how is it changing?

San Diego Equity

Infographic 2: How is the economic growth and well-being of the region?

San Diego Equity


1Our Greater San Diego Vision: Your Vision. Our Future. San Diego: The San Diego Foundation, 2012.
2Benner, Chris and Manuel Pastor. Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions. New York: Routledge, 2012. Print.

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