Knight Foundation has funded the Sunlight Foundation for a series of national data aps that deliver data to the public. Here, Nicko Margolies, communications coordinator, Sunlight Foundation, blogs about the launch of its newest app, Upwardly Mobile. The following is crossposted from Sunlight's blog. Photo Credit: Flickr user Joe Nicora.
We're excited to announce Upwardly Mobile, Sunlight's new webapp funded by the Knight Foundation that allows you to research where in the country you could enjoy financial security and an improved quality of life. Upwardly Mobile is an easy-to-use relocation research tool backed by powerful economic data, allowing granular comparisons without digging through arcane government reports for each indicator. We sifted through all this data so you don't have to, and this information is now presented seamlessly on any mobile or tablet platform.
Just enter your zipcode, career information and cost-of-living importance and then Upwardly Mobile gets to work generating a list of ideal places for you to move. Alternatively, you can browse individual cities to compare them to national averages. Through charts and graphs, you can explore how metropolitan areas of similar size compare to where you live now, including:
· Occupation: Both the average salary for the selected occupation over time and income data for the entire metropolitan area.
· Housing costs: Rents, as well as maintenance services and goods such as furniture and appliances.
· Cost of living: Apparel, education, food and childcare.
· Quality of life costs: Recreation, transportation and health care.