The Los Angeles Index for Neighborhood Change
In order to assess the magnitude of demographic change in 21st Century Los Angeles, the i-team developed the Los Angeles Index of Neighborhood Change (LAINC). This index compares key metrics (i.e., median household income, education, racial composition, etc.) across Los Angeles zip codes to better understand how neighborhoods have changed over the last 15 years. As a complement to the index, the i-team also created a predictive measure called the Displacement Pressure Tool (LADPI) at the Census Tract level, which shows where change is likely to occur in the near future, with additional emphasis on residents most likely to face high displacement pressure as a result. Both indices were developed with a careful eye towards the academic literature on the subject and underwent several revisions based on new data releases and incremental methodological improvements.