Stamped on the Sidewalk: Median Income Data
Sidewalk stamps in Friendship Heights compare the median income of Montgomery County with that of Washington, DC's Ward 8.
They're almost too easy to miss, with their black letters set against the grooved and spotted gray pavement.
But, these sidewalk stamps are quite telling, if you stop long enough to read them.
The next time you're standing on the southeastern or southwestern corners of the Friendship Heights intersection of Wisconsin and Western avenues, look down before crossing, and you'll see this:
DC WARD 8
It's an ironic place for such comparisons—on the Maryland-DC border, surrounded by luxurious shopping plazas. Perhaps the sidewalk stamps might make one think twice about strolling along the "Rodeo Drive of the East Coast" with a Bulgari or a Tiffany & Co. bag in-hand.
The Ward 8 statistic is from U.S. Census Bureau data for 2005 to 2009. Bloomberg reported last year that Ward 8, "about four miles from the White House and home to the Anacostia neighborhood ... [has a poverty rate of] 35 percent, compared with 18 percent for the city as a whole, according to the Washington-based Urban Institute, citing U.S. Census Bureau statistics for 2005-2009. Average household income for Ward 8 during the period was $44,076, compared with $115,016 for the District of Columbia, according to the institute."
Median household income in Montgomery County between 2006 and 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, was $93,373. The median household income in Maryland during this time was $70,647.
Have you noticed any other sidewalk stamps in the Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase or downtown DC areas? Tell us in the comments.