How much $$$ do your fellow subway commuters make?
The New Yorker, in all its statistical brilliance, has tried to answer that question with this interactive infographic, "Inequality and New York’s Subway." (the purple labels and dollar figures are mine)
It uses census data associated with the tract in which each subway stop is located.
In the graphic above, I’ve focused on the L line, which runs from Chelsea to Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway with multiple stops in hipsterdom.
While L line commuters who live near the 14th St/Union Square stop have a median household income of $109,637, those who get off at at Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg have a median household income of $57,969 while those just 4 stops further, at Montrose Ave., earn less than half as much, at $23,865.
Citywide, the highest household income was $205,192, at the Chambers St and Park Place stops of the 2 and 3 lines and the WTC stop of the E line — they’re all in the same census tract.
A number of subway stops have median household incomes below $20k, but Sutter Ave. on the L line has the distinction of being the poorest subway stop, at $12,288.