Hampton Roads is a coastal region of Virginia comprised of 10 cities and six counties. It represents most of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan statistical area, the 37th largest MSA in the United States. Black families represent 31% percentage of the area's population, and ~15% of them are below the poverty line – this is nearly double the general population of Hampton Roads, 8.1% of which is below the poverty line. This project uses publicly available Census data to analyze trends and statistics on key indicators of economic well-being of the black community in Hampton Roads. We compare these indicators across the Hampton Roads localities and the Virginia population. We visualize the data through a dashboard to provide insights to regional stakeholders to plan policies and activities to positively affect the community.

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Avi Seth 

Virginia Tech, Department of Computer Science 





Matthew Burkholder

Virginia Tech, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 

Christina Prisbe

Virginia Tech, Department of Computational Modeling and Data Analytics 




Victor Mukora

Virginia Tech, Department of Computational Modeling and Data Analytics 




Kwabena Boateng

Virginia State University, College of Engineering and Technology 





Dr. Isabel Bradburn 

Research Director, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Virginia Tech 

Dr. Chanita Holmes 

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech


Mallory Tuttle

Associate Director, Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Centers