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Russell Sage Foundation Data

This section features charts, tables and analyses from the Foundation's research programs. The information presented in these sections are drawn from a multitude of sources, many of which are supported by Foundation awards, and published by the Foundation’s press. Some of the information is drawn from government sources, some from published articles and books, and some is based directly on in-house calculations of publicly available data by Russell Sage Foundation grantees, authors and staff.

The Impact of the Great Recession

The analyses in this section chart the effects of the most severe economic downturn in America since the Great Depression. The topics include the rise in unemployment and poverty, as well as the relationship between recessions and public opinion. The charts were taken from The Great Recession (Russell Sage: New York, 2011) and Coping with Crisis (Russell Sage: New York, 2012).

Social Inequality

The Chartbook of Social Inequality was commissioned by the Russell Sage Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation to document the rise in economic inequality. We have assembled a broad set of indicators of social and economic trends that reflect powerful and consequential divisions within the U.S. population.


What has happened to the poverty rate in America over the past 50 years? This section investigates the effectiveness and size of income transfer programs, changes in the welfare system, and poverty trends among different groups. The charts and data are taken from Changing Poverty, Changing Policies (New York: Russell Sage, 2009).

Century of Difference: America, 1900 - 2000

Taken from the RSF book Century of Difference, the charts in this section use a hundred years worth of census and opinion poll data to show how the social, cultural, and economic fault lines in American life shifted in the last century.

Incarceration in America

Taken from the RSF book Invisible Men, the charts in this section include data on crime, imprisonment and the effects of incarceration.

INTERACTIVE: Incarceration Data

Also taken from the RSF book Invisible Men, these three interactive charts demonstrate how data on racial inequality can change when adjusted to include information about the prison and jail population.


These four interactive charts, taken from the RSF book For Love and Money, offers a state-by-state analysis of public policies that affect care provision and reveals significant disparities based on class, race-ethnicity, and geography.

INTERACTIVE: Segregation

These four interactive charts, taken from the RSF book Documenting Desegregation, report on the segregation levels in the American private sector since the passage of the Civil Rights Act.