In 2013, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston launched an initiative to advance collaborative leadership in the mid-sized cities of Massachusetts, and to support ambitious work to improve the lives of low-income people in those cities. As the research partner for the Challenge, the Mosakowski Institute prepared “data dashboards” for twenty Massachusetts cities, compiling information about subjects such as: demographics, income, employment, educational attainment, and health. In recent years, the dashboards have expanded to include statistical analyses on the cities of Rhode Island and Connecticut as well.
Guide to Data Used in the Profiles
The data profiles provide an overview of midsized cities and their many dimensions. They include the composition of the city’s population and recent demographic events, mortality and health, its local economy, housing, education and civic engagement. While it is not possible to provide a comprehensive data handbook for each city, we feel the profiles tell an important story about each city. Details about the sources and purpose of each dimension can be found below.