Jonathan J. Halperin
Jonathan J. Halperin
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Big Data Might Live Next Door

With more than 47,000,000 Americans only able to buy their next meal because they are on SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, one wonders where these people live. 47 million sure sounds like a big number. But where are they?

Try this thought experiment. If we wanted to move everyone on SNAP into concentrated hunger zones we would need to empty the fifty largest cities in America in order to make room for 47,000,000 people. Ponder that for a moment. All of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami – and Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Arlington, Texas. If you can imagine everyone in all of the cities listed below as hungry and on SNAP, then you are beginning to grasp the scale of the problem.

So, while 47,000,000 is a huge number, the people that make up that number must be all around us: down the block, around the corner, across the road, on the bus, in the elevator. Maybe we work with someone on SNAP. Maybe we have a friend who has not told us they are struggling. Maybe that kid in the park?

Where is hunger in your world? 

1

New York

New York

8,336,697

2

Los Angeles

California

3,857,799

3

Chicago

Illinois

2,714,856

4

Houston

Texas

2,160,821

5

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania

1,547,607

6

Phoenix

Arizona

1,488,750

7

San Antonio

Texas

1,382,951

8

San Diego

California

1,338,348

9

Dallas

Texas

1,241,162

10

San Jose

California

982,765

11

Austin

Texas

842,592

12

Jacksonville

Florida

836,507

13

Indianapolis

Indiana

834,852

14

San Francisco

California

825,863

15

Columbus

Ohio

809,798

16

Fort Worth

Texas

777,992

17

Charlotte

North Carolina

775,202

18

Detroit

Michigan

701,475

19

El Paso

Texas

672,538

20

Memphis

Tennessee

655,155

21

Boston

Massachusetts

636,479

22

Seattle

Washington

634,535

23

Denver

Colorado

634,265

24

Washington

District of Columbia

632,323

25

Nashville

Tennessee

624,496

26

Baltimore

Maryland

621,342

27

Louisville

Kentucky

605,110

28

Portland

Oregon

603,106

29

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma

599,199

30

Milwaukee

Wisconsin

598,916

31

Las Vegas

Nevada

596,424

32

Albuquerque

New Mexico

555,417

33

Tucson

Arizona

524,295

34

Fresno

California

505,882

35

Sacramento

California

475,516

36

Long Beach

California

467,892

37

Kansas City

Missouri

464,310

38

Mesa

Arizona

452,084

39

Virginia Beach

Virginia

447,021

40

Atlanta

Georgia

443,775

41

Colorado Springs

Colorado

431,834

42

Raleigh

North Carolina

423,179

43

Omaha

Nebraska

421,570

44

Miami

Florida

413,892

45

Oakland

California

400,740

46

Tulsa

Oklahoma

393,987

47

Minneapolis

Minnesota

392,880

48

Cleveland

Ohio

390,928

49

Wichita

Kansas

385,577

50

Arlington

Texas

375,600

 

Source: Wikipedia

 

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