To fuel evidence-based debate about the nationwide impact of and recovey from the Great Recession, regional differences in post-recession performance, and persistent and/or emerging disparities among population groups.
MetroTrends is the Urban Institute's "report card" detailing how urban America is faring five years after the onset of the Great Recession. Funded in part by the Ford Foundation, the site provides datasets from the largest one hundred metro regions in the U.S. in categories such as arts and culture, crime, employment growth, mortgage lending and housing affordability, earnings and material hardship, immigration and diversity, and children's well-being.
Outstanding Web Features:
Visitors to the site can browse interactive maps highlighting trends in home prices, employment by industry, and racial equity — including a mapping tool that lets visitors explore changes over the last thirty years in the racial/ethnic composition of low-income neighborhoods in major metropolitan regions. The site also offers data dashboards for each metro region, downloadable datasets in Excel format, commentaries on emerging trends, and a blog.