Data

America is Aging and Growing More Diverse, Census Data Shows

“More than four out of every five counties were older in 2018 than in 2010," said one Census Bureau official about new population estimates.

Using Data to Predict Coastal Flood Risk

A new online tool compiles NOAA water-level data and storm forecasts to help coastal residents prepare for floods.

The Best—and Worst—States to Live In

Washington ranks first in U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best States" rankings, while Louisiana took last place for the third consecutive year.

Why Data Privacy is a Matter of Economic Justice

COMMENTARY | Congress may pass federal privacy laws to prevent a patchwork of state laws from arising. That's important for low-income Americans.

STDs Surging Across the Country

Local health departments struggle to treat and prevent the spread of STDs amid ongoing budget cuts.

Southern, Western Counties Growing Fastest, Census Says

Four of the top 10 fastest-growing counties are in Texas, according to new population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Mapping the Digital Curb

A data mobility company released an open-data initiative that maps the physical features of curbs in six cities, with the goal of reducing congestion and improving accessibility.

We Have A Trust Problem When it Comes to Homelessness. Better Data Can Help.

COMMENTARY | If regions aren’t unified in how they define and measure homelessness, they can’t even begin to tackle the problem. Here’s what we recommend.

Big Tech Must Help Cities Bridge The Divide

COMMENTARY | The two should view each other as "co-creators, sharing tools and information," according to the head of Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities.

How Data Analytics Could Help the Government Reduce Traffic Deaths

A D.C.-based startup with roots in the insurance market is using machine learning to predict the probability of car crashes on just about any stretch of road.

A Startup Wants to Turn Your City’s Trash Into a Heap of Big Data

One company hopes to create an “Internet of Garbage,” with the promise to bring better logistics to municipal waste.

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Why Local Governments Aren’t All Aboard the Blockchain Train

From high costs of implementation to more pressing regulatory concerns, current barriers to entry make the technology difficult to implement.

Using Data to Figure Out Where Transit Should Go

Fixed-route bus use, in particular, has seen steep declines in use while ride-sharing continues to grow in popularity, according to a new report.

Survey Technique Shows Way to Better Understand Scope of Local Opioid Abuse

In one West Virginia county, 1,857 people are estimated to have injected drugs in the last six months.

Detroit Gears Up for Decennial Effort to Avoid Census Undercounting

In a city with a long history of population losses, Mayor Mike Duggan announces the city’s point person to lead community outreach to promote the 2020 count.

Integrating Data Into City Hall

COMMENTARY | How New Orleans used data in the rebuilding of a devastated city.

Crowdsourcing King Tides to Better Understand Rising Sea Levels

In Washington state and Virginia, the public can help planners and researchers monitor the inundation of low-lying coastal areas.

Data Show Sluggish Economic Output in Smaller Counties

For the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has released GDP figures for all of the nation's counties.

Checking In on a Census ‘Homework Assignment’ for Cities and Counties

These localities have already launched their Complete Count Committees and taken other proactive steps to avoid undercounting. Has yours?

How D.C. Wants to Use Bike-Share Data to Improve Equity

The city already requires operators to share real-time information on vehicle availability.