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Issue Brief: The Changing Face of Homeowners in Large Metro Areas

Issue Brief: The Changing Face of Households with Children in Large Metropolitan Areas

Issue Brief: Segregation Falls for Black Children in Most Metro Areas But Remains High; Fewer Metros Experience Declines for Latinos

Special Report: Segregation and Exposure to High-Poverty Schools in Large Metropolitan Areas: 2008--09

Issue Brief: Prospects for Equity in Boston Public Schools’ School Assignment Plans

Spotlight Resource: Children Left Behind: How Metropolitan Areas are Failing America's Children Read the Report (PDF)Read the Chartbook (PDF)

Data Briefs: Disparities in Neighborhood Poverty of Poor Black and White Children.

Related Resources Archive: This archive site contains the original indicators based on 1999 Metropolitan Area definitions. Because these previous definitions may differ with those currently presented in, in some cases to a significant degree, users should not make direct comparisons between the data available on the archived site and that available on the current site. Partner site of This website represents a comprehensive, equity-focused information system to monitor progress towards improved wellbeing for children of all racial/ethnic groups through the creation and dissemination of unique indicators and analysis of: (1) the state of wellbeing, diversity, opportunity and equity of children in the U.S., and (2) the availability, capacity and research evidence supporting the effectiveness of public policies and programs to equitably serve children of all racial and ethnic groups and reduce disparities among them.

U.S. Census Bureau: Leading collector and disseminator of information for the United States, covering a wide range of subjects including population, households, businesses, housing, income and poverty, health insurance and more. To focus on a particular geographic area, see especially American Factfinder.

Fedstats: The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership: The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building.

PolicyMap: Interactive website produced by the Reinvestment Fund, providing extensive housing and demographic data at the community, regional, and national level. Provides mapping and other tools to assist you in analyzing, interpreting, and applying the data. While some data is available by paid subscription, free datasets include Census, Postal Service, city crime rates from the FBI, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, County Business Patterns, HUD, HHS and more.

US2010, at Brown University: Extensive data, at the metropolitan, city and suburban level, and studies that provide information and analyses of how the racial and ethnic composition of metropolitan areas has shifted over the past four decades, and how increasing diversity is experienced at the level of local neighborhoods.

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, at The Ohio State University provides research on issues related to structural racism, racial hierarchy, and inequality. Core subject areas include Opportunity Communities/Housing, Education, the African-American Male Initiative, Structural Racism, and an International Program. Kirwan has also pioneered an intensive opportunity mapping/GIS program.

National Center for Health Statistics: The Nation’s principal health statistics agency, providing information on topics such as on births, deaths, life expectancy, mental health, child health, behaviors as they relate to health, information about the health care system, historic trends, and health disparities.

National Center for Education Statistics: The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education, including information on school enrollment, student and teacher characteristics, achievement levels and trends, school spending, and many specialized studies. Allows for comparisons between school districts and, in some instances, individual schools.

National Low-Income Housing Coalition’s “Out of Reach” Data: Provides current data on affordability of rental housing units at the state and metro area levels.

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data: Collected and prepared by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, HMDA provides extensive information on lending for home mortgages, including such items as name and type of lenders, mortgage amount, applicant characteristics such as race and income level, origination and denial rates, reason for denial, characteristics of the neighborhood in which mortgage would be used, and, in some cases, mortgage interest rate.