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Measure America

Measure America

Rethinking Human Achievement

Success is no longer measured only by GDP. With our expertise and research tools, we can help guide your community towards the future of progress.  Find out how your community compares to others on issues of resident health, education, the environment, and much more.

Interested in obtaining an AE report for your community? Explore our content below or reach out to us directly here.

AngelouEconomics is excited to reveal our 2015 Community Progress Indices. The product of months of meticulous research, deliberation, and analysis, the AE CPIs provide an in depth look into the issues facing American communities nationwide. Our indices go well beyond traditional economic analysis, relying instead on a novel, comprehensive view of human progress. It is our belief that this framework will be an essential tool as Americans chart a sustainable course into the 21st century and beyond. To build these indices, AE has considered over 50 metrics from 16 different public and private data sources. These metrics were then categorized into five broad Measures, each focusing on a unique aspect of the human condition. The end result is one of the most robust perspectives on American social progress ever achieved. Not only does our analysis provide a rich snapshot of conditions currently facing a community, but it also establishes the context for understanding this snapshot and lays the foundation for benchmarking future progress. Currently, the AE team has built two complete Indices, one for major metropolitan centers and a second for smaller cities. Together they provide information on 530 American cities, and we have plans of extending our analysis to both states and counties. Check back soon for updates on our progress!

We at AngelouEconomics have created our Community Progress Indices to address and measure the challenges specific to modern America. We firmly believe that the CPIs can go far beyond ranking places and charting progress; they can also be a powerful tool for guiding communities into the future. It is our hope that by identifying the struggles and highlighting the successes of the nation’s largest communities, we can help inspire the spirit of competition, innovation, and aspiration needed to forge a healthy, sustainable future for all Americans.

In selecting the metrics and compiling the results, we remained as impartial as possible. The CPIs are not designed to support any political ideology or endorse particular policy measures. Instead, we focused almost exclusively on results with the intent being to capture the full spectrum of issues concerning modern American cites. To guide this research, we looked across five broad categories, or Measures, each intended to capture a different area of social progress. A detailed description of each of these measures can be found below:  

Health & Wellness

Represents the basic well-being and needs of residents such as access to healthcare and quality nutrition, as well as several metrics on basic safety.

Sample Metrics:

-Life Expectancy
-Rate of Violent Crime
-Proportion of the Population Living in a “Food Desert”

Education & Opportunity

Designed to provide insight on residents’ ability to be accepted and thrive in their community. This includes access to quality education, information sources, and protection from the harmful effects of discrimination.

Sample Metrics:

-High School Graduation Rate
-Prevalence of Hate Crimes
-Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index Score


When evaluating economic and social issues, it is easy to get tunnel vision and lose sight of the future. This Measure takes the necessary step back required to understand the long term soundness of a community’s population, infrastructure, and fiscal trends.

Sample Metrics:

-Annual Hours Lost to Traffic
-Prevalence of Private Savings
-Labor Force Participation Rate

Economic Vitality

Seeing as economic development and social progress are often inextricably linked, this Measure captures the current economic health of a community. Not content to measure pure growth for growth’s sake, we also consider the prevalence of well-paying jobs, equality, and access to affordable housing.

Sample Metrics:

-GINI Coefficient of Income Inequality
-Cost of Living Adjusted Median Household Income
-Economic Diversity Index

Environmental Responsibility

Designed to evaluate the viability of a community’s energy use, waste generation, and resource consumption trends.

Sample Metrics:

-Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Emissions
-Prevalence of LEED Certified Buildings
-Air Quality

If you have any questions about our methodology or suggestions on metrics to evaluate in future iterations of the CPIs, please reach out to us at any time.

To date, the AE team has collected and synthesized the information required to build two full indices pertaining to American communities, one for the 100 largest cities and a second for smaller communities. Together, these databases provide information on 530 of the largest cities in the United States. We further plan to roll out indices with county and state level data in the coming months. Check back soon for updates on our progress.

Community Progress Index

Our flagship index; this is where it all began. From New York City to New Orleans, the Community Progress Index gauges social conditions in the 100 largest U.S. cities by population. Constructed using 52 metrics and over 10,000 individual data points, the AE CPI is one of the most robust analytical resources available.

Small Community Progress Index

Comprised of 47 metrics, the SCPI extends the Community Progress Index’s methodology to an additional 430 U.S. cities. Ranging from populations of 60,000 to over 200,000, these cities comprise over 15% of the U.S. population.

Click here to see the full results of the CPI!

In order to make the massive volume of information contained in our indices more accessible, AngelouEconomics offers a number of products designed to present our research in a manageable and meaningful way. These products range from a one-time report of findings to an in-depth analysis of past trends and forecasts of future conditions. No matter what your city’s size or budget, the AE team has the resources and knowledge to help guide your community into the future.

Product Offerings

Custom Index Reports:

As a baseline service, the AE team can create a custom report for every city included in either the CPI or SCPI. With over 70 pages of charts, rankings, and city-specific commentary, these reports are an excellent resource for any community looking to better understand the social realities of their city.

Interactive Web Dashboards:

Transparency is a hallmark of good American governance. Share the results of your city’s Index Report with an online interactive dashboard that offers quick access and helpful visualizations for all the key metrics of the CPI.

Custom Community Surveys:

While the raw data and comparative analysis provided by the Index Report is vitally important, it does not speak to the priority and perceptions of a city’s residents. To provide this extra level of understanding, AE can conduct a survey of concerned citizens which will identify how residents feel their city is doing across all metrics, as well as identify which issues are important to them. The results of this survey will be synthesized into a clean, easy to use report with our proprietary “Gap Analysis” to highlight key differences between the realities of your city’s index performance and the wants / perceptions of local residents.

In-Depth Trend Analysis:

Our most robust product offering, this report can provide information on historical performance, forecast along key metrics, offer access to our best practice database, and focused strategic planning. This report is fully customizable, with the services provided varying in accordance with the needs of the client community.