The city of Vallejo in Solano County. (File photo)
Two-thirds of people of color in Solano County live in a low-resource neighborhood, where fewer good schools and less access to jobs, services and a healthy environment hurt their efforts to improve their lives.

In Solano County, that’s 166,000 people, according to data from the Bay Area Equity Atlas, a repository of data focused on quantifying racial and economic inequality in the region.

In contrast, 13 percent, or 8,800, people of color in Marin County live in a low-resource neighborhood.  

Here’s how the counties ranked by the percentage of people of color living in low-resource neighborhoods in 2015, the year for which the most recent data is available.1. Solano County — 66% 2. Sonoma County — 60%3. Contra Costa County — 58%4. Alameda County — 38%5. Napa County — 33%6. Santa Clara County — 33%7. San Mateo County — 18%8. San Francisco — 16%9. Marin County — 13%[bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”1. Solano County” percent=”66″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”2. Sonoma County” percent=”60″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”3. Contra Costa County” percent=”58″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”4. Alameda County” percent=”38″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”5. Napa County” percent=”33″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”6. Santa Clara County” percent=”33″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”7. San Mateo County” percent=”18″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”8. San Francisco” percent=”16″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”9. Marin County” percent=”13″]A system of public policies, institutional practices and cultural norms, also known as structural racism, is behind the high percentages in Solano, Sonoma and Contra Costa counties, said Stephen Menendian, assistant director and director of research at the Haas Institute at UC Berkeley. 

Where opportunity mapping has been done elsewhere, “what we consistently find is that African Americans, even upper-income African Americans, live in disproportionately lower opportunity areas,” Menendian said. 

SourceBay Area Equity Atlas; Haas Institute

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.