Are You a Gentrifier? This Calculator Will Tell You


Death knells for Brooklyn, inspired by skyrocketing rents, Starbucks and Apple Stores replacing family businesses, and the artisanal-ization of everything–AKA gentrification–are only getting louder. But sometimes it’s gentrifiers themselves who protest too much. With help from urban policy expert Ingrid Gould Ellen, Slate has devised a calculator that encourages a little self-awareness while discussing the loaded topic of a given neighborhood’s changing demographics. It reveals whether it’s all your fault that the family-run bodega on your corner is closing after 30 years in business, or whether you can rightfully complain about your neighborhood’s artisanal cheese shop infestation.

The calculator uses a simple formula: If your neighborhood’s median income is lower than the median income of your city, and your income is higher than your city’s median, you’re a gentrifier. It’s based on the definition of a gentrifying neighborhood as one with incomes in the bottom half or quarter of the income distribution of a metropolitan area, and with incomes rising more rapidly than those citywide.

The Gentrification Calculator (screenshot via Slate)
The Gentrification Calculator (screenshot via Slate)

Head to Slate to discover where you fall on the gentrified-gentrifier spectrum.


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