A Portrait of Marin: Marin County Human Development Report 2012

A Portrait of Marin: Marin County Human Development Report 2012

Known for its natural beauty and the affluence of its residents, Marin County is also marked by disparities in health, access to knowledge, and standard of living, a Social Science Research Council report commissioned by the Marin Community Foundation finds. Based on indicators such as life expectancy, school enrollment, educational attainment, and median personal earnings, the report, A Portrait of Marin: Marin County Human Development Report 2012 (PDF, 74 pages), finds wide variations in the well-being of the county's population by neighborhood, race/ethnicity, and gender. For example, roughly 60 percent of Asian Americans and whites living in the county have at least a bachelor's degree and reported median personal earnings of $51,462 (Asian Americans) and $43,534 (whites), while among African Americans and Latinos, only about 20 percent have a bachelor's degree and median personal earnings were $31,608 and $23,795, respectively. The authors argue that such disparities are fueled by things like unequal access to asset-building opportunities, different levels of public school funding, and inadequate access to healthy foods, and recommend that county government do more to create middle-class jobs and affordable housing opportunities and support public transportation options.