About David Robinson

David is the Director of Analytic Services for CVEP. David lives for travel, loves everything about maps, listens to too many podcasts, and spoils his cat. He has graduate degrees in Architecture and Geographic Information Systems and is passionate about gathering, organizing, and disseminating data about the Coachella Valley.

Wealth in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-07-11T07:10:04-07:00July 11th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , |

For my first Data Digest of 2023, I explored household income in the Coachella Valley. Household income has risen since the COVID lockdowns, especially for those with the lowest incomes. Persistent inflation, however, has taken a painful bite from these needed gains. Income is earned or received during a limited period. Many US households live [...]

Urban Displacement in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-06-28T14:47:33-07:00June 28th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

Since the beginning of the pandemic, residential real estate has been on a wild roller coaster ride. Housing prices in the Coachella Valley rose to historic levels during the COVID restrictions. People moved into the valley for comparatively lower-priced homes and less overcrowding, looking for more desirable places to lock down and work from home. [...]

Agriculture in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-06-06T17:32:57-07:00June 6th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , , |

The Coachella Valley Agriculture sector is valued at an estimated $600 million, according to the 2019 Coachella Valley Water District's (CVWD) 2019 Crop Report. It accounts for half the estimated $1.3 billion agriculture industry in Riverside County. By CVWD's estimations, agriculture is the "second largest contributor to the local economy," They estimate it contributes nearly [...]

Employment Centers of the Coachella Valley

By |2023-05-24T10:03:27-07:00May 23rd, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

At CVEP we always keep a regional lens on the Coachella Valley. We see an interwoven tapestry of opportunities and challenges between the cities, unincorporated areas, and tribal nations of our interconnected valley. Business and job potential run throughout our region.  Today's map dismisses typical boundaries and explores the employment landscape from a valley-wide view. [...]

Proportion of the Coachella Valley Population with Health Insurance

By |2023-04-26T23:09:31-07:00April 26th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

Is health care a right or a privilege? Well, I'm not going to dip into those heated waters. For now, American political forces keep that an open question. But we know that lack of access to health care is an ongoing challenge in the US. The 202o US Census estimates that 9.7% of our population [...]

Wages by Sector

By |2023-04-12T21:55:56-07:00April 12th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|

Economists often study and categorize businesses by sector. Businesses operate in certain spheres, like new car dealerships. We more narrowly categorize groups of these kinds of businesses as "industries" like the insurance industry or the banking industry. But a great deal of useful economic data is reported at the sector level. Sectors refer to the [...]

Commuting Patterns of the Coachella Valley

By |2023-03-21T19:02:41-07:00March 21st, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , , |

Today's Data Digest expands on the last theme of employment inflow and outflows. That discussion centered on how many workers commuted into each city and conversely how many residents commuted out or worked in their city of residence. Here we will explore where residents work and how far they commute for their employment. This map [...]

Employment Inflows and Outflows in Coachella Valley Cities

By |2023-03-07T14:21:56-08:00March 7th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

CVEP’s central mission is to empower economic regionalism. We’re not complaining, but with a region comprised of nine incorporated cities and additional unincorporated areas, embracing regionalism is a challenge. Today’s digest looks at regionalism by investigating where residents live and work. In which city do most residents both live and work? Which city exports the [...]

Employment Metrics 2018 vs 2022

By |2023-02-21T16:29:06-08:00February 21st, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

Can you think back to 2018? That was FIVE years ago. Not two or three years as it feels to me due to the lost COVID years. So much has changed irrevocably like how we think about work. Here at CVEP, we have highlighted the business effects of the pandemic. For instance, the disproportionate number [...]

Colorado River Crisis and the Coachella Valley

By |2023-02-07T16:43:20-08:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

Despite this season’s welcome winter rains the Western United States remains in a nearly quarter-decade “megadrought.” This long drought period manifests in the Colorado River's diminished flow. Southern California relies on this vital resource. In fact, California uses the single largest share of the river. And Imperial Valley farms are allocated nearly 80% of that [...]

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