Access and Mobility

Arts and Culture

Civic Engagement

Economic Opportunity


Healthy Natural Environment

Healthy People

Housing and Communities

Safe People

Other Indicator Projects


Access & Mobility Resources

Metro Data Resource Center: Metro’s Data Resource Center provides state-of-the-art mapping, spatial analysis, regional economic analysis and demographic forecasting for Metro, its regional partners, businesses and the public.

Oregon Department of Transportation: The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) provides a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities for Oregonians. ODOT develops programs related to Oregon’s system of highways, roads, and bridges; railways; public transportation services; transportation safety programs; driver and vehicle licensing; and motor carrier regulation.

Texas Transportation Institute: The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) works to solve transportation problems through research, to transfer technology, and to develop diverse human resources to meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow.

US Census Bureau: The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.

Washington Department of Transportation: The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) tracks, reports, and manages its programs and project according to the six transportation policy goals: preservation, mobility (congestion relief), environment, stewardship, and economic vitality. These goals are interdependent and support the overall vision for all transportation agencies (like WSDOT) in the state.

Arts & Culture Resources

Americans for the Arts: Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.

Regional Arts and Culture Council: The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) is the steward of several public and private investments in arts and culture, and works to create an environment in which the arts and culture of the region can flourish and prosper. RACC is funded in part by local, regional, state and federal governments to provide grants to artists and operating support to art organizations in the tri-county region.

Civic Engagement Resources

Civic Life in America: Civic Life in America tracks trends, statistics, tools, resources, and information on civic participation for the nation, U.S. regions, states, and major cities.

Institute of Museum and Library Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

Economic Opportunity Resources

Bureau of Economic Analysis: The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) provides economic accounts data.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

Center for Women’s Welfare: The Center for Women's Welfare (CWW) is dedicated to research that influences contemporary policy issues of income inequality and economic opportunity. Through its primary project, The Self-Sufficiency Standard, CWW researches and develops effective tools to measure poverty and income inadequacy by calculating the real cost of living.

CoStar Commercial Real Estate Information Company: CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ — CSGP) is commercial real estate's leading provider of information, analytic and marketing services.

Metro Data Resource Center: Metro’s Data Resource Center provides state-of-the-art mapping, spatial analysis, regional economic analysis and demographic forecasting for Metro, its regional partners, businesses and the public.

Metropolitan Knowledge Network: The Metropolitan Knowledge Network (MKN) is a new web-based resource developed by Portland State University’s Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies. The MKN offers the community a comprehensive resource for analysis and data relevant to the key issues facing our metropolitan region. MKN presents articles comparing metropolitan areas (MSA’s and CBSA’s) to the Portland Metropolitan region, as well as examining small geographies (counties and tracts primarily) within the Metropolitan area.  

Oregon Employment Department: The Oregon Employment Department supports economic stability for Oregonians and communities during times of unemployment through the payment of unemployment benefits; serves businesses by recruiting and referring the best qualified applicants to jobs, and provide resources to diverse job seekers in support of their employment needs; develops and distributes quality workforce and economic information to promote informed decision making; Provide access to child care that is safe, high quality, and affordable.

Oregon Workforce and Employment Research Division: The Oregon Workforce and Employment Research Division provides quality labor market information so you can make informed choices for your business or personal life.

US Small Business Administration: The U.S. Small Business Administration delivers loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

US Census Bureau: The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.

Education Resources

American Community Survey: The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

Education Opportunities for Children and Families: Education Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF) serves the entire family through play-based early learning programs that focus on the whole child, connect families to community resources and provide opportunities for family involvement in our programs. All services are free to those who qualify.

National Center for Education Statistics: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

Oregon Department of Education

State of Washington, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Healthy Natural Environment Resources

Environmental Protection Agency: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States charged with protecting human health and the environment, by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress.

Institute for a Sustainable Environment: The Institute for a Sustainable Environment is a center for innovative, interdisciplinary research at the nexus of ecological, economic, and social sustainability. As the university’s oldest sustainability institute, the ISE is a thriving center for collaborative research, technical assistance, and policy education. The Institute produces information to help resolve complex problems and enable people to sustain the economies and environmental systems that support their communities.

Institute of Natural Resources: The Institute for Natural Resources - Portland is part of the Oregon University System's Institute for Natural Resources (INR) based at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The INR was created by OSU and the Oregon Legislature in 2001 as an independent institute in the Research Office of OSU. 

Metro Data Resource Center: Metro’s Data Resource Center provides state-of-the-art mapping, spatial analysis, regional economic analysis and demographic forecasting for Metro, its regional partners, businesses and the public.

National Land Data Cover: The National Land Data Cover (LCI) address land cover topics from local to global scales, and in both domestic and international settings. The USGS through the Land Cover Institute serves as a facilitator for land cover and land use science, applications, and production functions. The institute assists in the availability and technical support of land cover data sets through increasing public and scientific awareness of the importance of land cover science.

Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC): Previously known as the Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center, the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center is located at Portland State University. It is a program of the Institute for Natural Resources - Portland, an affiliate of the multi-institution Institute for Natural Resources based at Oregon State University in Corvallis. INR - Portland is part of the School of the Environment at PSU.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: The Environmental Protection Agency delegates authority to DEQ to operate federal environmental programs within the state such as the federal Clean Air, Clean Water, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Acts. 

US Census Bureau: The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.

Healthy People Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides credible, reliable health information on: data and statistics, diseases and conditions, emergencies and disasters, environmental health, healthy living, injury, violence and safety, life stages and populations, travelers' health, workplace safety and health.

Oregon Center for Health Statistics: The Public Health Division collects and analyzes data on health behaviors, diseases and injuries, disseminates findings, and designs and promotes evidence-based programs and policies to improve the health and safety of all Oregonians.

Clark County Health Department: Clark County Public Health works to: prevent disease and injury, promote healthier choices, protect food, water and air, prepare for emergencies.

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems: Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys ask consumers and patients to report on and evaluate their experiences with health care. These surveys cover topics that are important to consumers and focus on aspects of quality that consumers are best qualified to assess, such as the communication skills of providers and ease of access to health care services.

Healthy People 2020: Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to: encourage collaborations across sectors, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of prevention activities.

Making Kids Count: To make the lives of children and their families a little brighter by focusing on their individual needs with the help of volunteers.

Multnomah County Health Department: The Multnomah County Health Department works in partnership with the communities we serve, to assure, promote and protect the health of the people of Multnomah County.

Oregon Department of Human Services: The Department of Human Services (DHS) is Oregon’s principal agency for helping Oregonians achieve wellbeing and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Oregon Health Authority: The Oregon Health Authority is the organization at the forefront of lowering and containing costs, improving quality and increasing access to health care in order to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Washington State Department of Health: The Washington State Department of Health works with its federal, state and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthier and safer. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

The Department of Social and Health Services is an integrated organization of high-performing programs working in partnership for statewide impact to help transform lives.

Housing & Communities Resources

The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act: The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) determines whether financial institutions are serving the housing needs of their communities; whether public officials are distributing public-sector investments so as to attract private investment to areas where it is needed; and identifies possible discriminatory lending patterns.

US Census Bureau: The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development: The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.

Safe People Resources

Federal Bureau of Investigation: As an intelligence-driven and a threat-focused national security and law enforcement organization, the mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

Oregon Department of Corrections: The Oregon Department of Corrections creates partnerships with Oregon communities to hold offenders accountable, engage victims, and enhances the quality of life for the citizens of Oregon.

Oregon State Police: The mission of the Department of Oregon State Police to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property and natural resources of the state.

The Sentencing Project: The Sentencing Project is a national organization working for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration.

Washington State Department of Corrections: The Department of Corrections is responsible for administering adult corrections programs operated by the State of Washington. This includes state correctional institutions and programs for offenders supervised in the community.

Washington State Office of Financial Management: The Office of Financial Management provides vital information, fiscal services and policy support that the Governor, Legislature and state agencies need to serve the people of Washington State.

Other Projects

All Hands Raised: All Hands Raised is the organization managing the Cradle to Career (C2C) partnership in Portland and Multnomah County. We also steward PPS parent-led fundraising and manage the PPS Equity Fund through our Portland Public Schools Foundation program. Our mission is to champion education, equity and excellence inside and outside of the classroom.

America's Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Strategy: As the country witnesses the emergence of a new racial and ethnic majority, equity—long a matter of social justice and morality—is now also an economic imperative. The nation can only achieve and sustain growth and prosperity by integrating all into the economy, including those who have too often been left behind. America’s Tomorrow describes the components of an equity-driven growth model and acknowledges that a true social movement is needed to achieve equity.

The Atlas of Anchorage Community Indicators makes empirical information about neighborhoods widely accessible to many different audiences. The initial selection of indicators for presentation in the Atlas was inspired by Peter Blau and his interest in measures of heterogeneity (diversity) and inequality and by the work of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. In both cases the measures they developed were well-conceptualized and validated. The Atlas presents community indicators at the census block group level derived from data captured in the 2000 U.S. Census and the 2005 Anchorage Community Survey.

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance: BNIA-JFI uses Community Statistical Areas (CSAs) boundaries for tracking Vital Signs data so that progress can be measured over time. CSAs are based on Census tracts which remain consistent from year to year. BNIA-JFI relates CSA's to neighborhoods as defined by the Baltimore City Department of Planning.

The Boston Indicators Project: The Boston Indicators Project relies on the expertise of hundreds of stakeholders gathered in multiple convenings to frame its conclusions, and draws data from the wealth of information and research generated by the region’s excellent public agencies, civic institutions, think tanks, and community based organizations.

The California Regional Progress Report is a comprehensive statewide indicators report built from the regions up, reflecting the diversity of the State's regions but also shared issues of statewide significance critical for the sustainability of the State's quality of life, prosperity and access to shared opportunity. This project is a collaboration of CCRL and the California Association of Councils of Government (CALCOG) and its member agencies, the Metropolitan Planning Agencies (MPOs) and Councils of Governments (COGs), Caltrans, University of California, Davis and the California Department of Housing and Community Development, with the generous support of the Morgan Family Foundation.

State of the Great Central Valley series: The themes are updated in five-year increments. Reports in the series cover The Economy, The Environment, Community Well-Being, Public Health and Access to Care, and Education and Youth Preparedness.

The Cascadia Scorecard is the Pacific Northwest's sustainability report card. It tracks seven trends that are crucial to the region's future: health, economy, population, energy, sprawl, wildlife, and pollution.

Community Report Card 2009: A Report of Clark County’s Progress Toward Creating A Healthy, Livable Community: Since publication of the first Report Card in 1996, Community Choices has been telling the story aboiut the health of Clark County. Much of this has been done by reporting on disease, illness, injury and associated risk factors. This report takes an approach that will more quickly advance and sustain the health of our community and its residents.

Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making that strengthens communities in Southeast Michigan. Data Driven Detroit has been actively pursuing and supporting a Detroit focused indicator project that encourages the public use of data and maps for neighborhood decision-making.

Georgia Community Indicators: Data from more than 450 Georgia communities is available in Community Indicators. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has developed Community Indicators to assist users with understanding and assessing the quality of life in the State's communities. What makes Community Indicators unique is that it allows the user to obtain and compare information about local communities in Georgia from their own computer. Please browse the site to learn more about Community Indicators and access the User Guide on how to use the website.

The Global City Indicators Facility provides an established set of city indicators with a globally standardized methodology that allows for global comparability of city performance and knowledge sharing. This website serves all cities that become members to measure and report on a core set of indicators through this web-based relational database.

Greater Portland Inc. is the Portland-Vancouver regional economic development partnership collaboratively driving quality economic expansion and job creation. Founded as a public/private effort, the region’s private sector industry leaders, elected officials and economic development groups have joined together to represent and further the economic future of the entire region.

Quality of Life Progress Report for Jacksonville and Northeast Florida

The Long Island Index is a project that gathers and publishes data on the Long Island region. The Index does not advocate specific policies. Instead, our goal is to be a catalyst for action, by engaging the community in thinking about our region and its future. Specifically, the Index seeks to: Measure where we are and show trends over time; Encourage regional thinking; Compare our situation with other similar regions; Increase awareness of issues and an understanding of their interrelatedness; Inspire Long Islanders to work together in new ways to achieve shared goals.

West Michigan Vital Signs: Developed by West Michigan Strategic Alliance and Its Partners West Michigan Regional Indicators are specific measurements which provide a picture of West Michigan over time. These 15 indicators, based on Elements of Sustainable Quality of Life (pdf), are a tool to measure what our region looks like and report on how things are changing. Indicators are used to measure trends in social, economic and environmental systems and help people see the bigger picture through small details. They offer a sense of direction for additional research, planning, advocacy, and perhaps, most important, action --action toward positive community changes.

Minnesota Compass is a social indicators project that measures progress in our state, its seven regions, 87 counties and larger cities. Compass tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and a host of others. It inspires people to take action to improve our economic vitality and quality of life. Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to identify, understand, and act on community issues that affect our communities.

The Citizen’s Guide to Metro’s Performance (CGMP), Nashville, Kentucky was designed to increase Metro Government’s transparency and accountability to its citizens. The CGMP provides citizens information on the performance of Metro Government and accompanies the annual production of the Metro Performance Report. With this information, citizens and visitors will be better equipped to understand what their government is doing on their behalf.

Oregon Benchmarks: The Oregon Progress Board is an independent board created by the Legislature in 1990 to monitor the state's 20-year strategic vision, Oregon Shines, and keep it current. The 12 member panel, chaired by the Governor and made up of citizen leaders, reflects the state's social, ethnic and political diversity.

Pittsburgh Today: Key Indicators for Understanding Our Region: Comparing our region to other areas of the country lets us see how we measure up, and what our strengths and weaknesses are. It also gives us a way to measure progress as we move forward as a region. This project’s goal is to spark a more informed civic dialog. By providing a timely and accurate statistical picture of regional life, we hope to stimulate a discussion of where we are and where we hope to go. To that end every aspect of the project is designed to involve as many knowledgeable and involved citizens as possible from every corner of the region. Under the direction of a volunteer organizing committee they are responsible for the  development of data and the encouragement of informed discussion.

Regional Equity Atlas: The Coalition for a Livable Future initiated the Regional Equity Atlas Project in response to its members’ assessment that equity and its relationship to sustainable development was not generally understood by the public and policymakers. Yet, all agreed that equity is a core component of sustainability and should be a prominent element of our regional approach to managing future growth and development.

Sustainable Seattle: Indicators of Sustainable Community: A status report on long‐term cultural, economic and environmental health of Seattle/King County

Silicon Valley Index: Released by Joint Venture and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation every February, the indicators measure the strength of our economy and the health of our community—highlighting challenges and providing an analytical foundation for leadership and decision making.

The South Carolina Indicators (SCI) Project  provides citizens and policy makers with valid, reliable and comparable statistical indicators of how South Carolina is performing in five key policy areas: education, the economy, public safety, public health and social welfare, and transportation and infrastructure. University of South Carolina Institute for Public Service and Policy Research

For almost two decades, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has collaborated with business owners, community leaders, educators and active citizens across Washoe County, Nevada and the surrounding region to set a value system of measurable and actionable indicators that help us monitor how we are doing as a community at preserving and enhancing our quality of life.