Metropolitan Policy Program

Data Resources for States and Metropolitan Areas

State and metropolitan area leaders use data to better understand demographic, social, and economic dynamics in their communities. To provide these leaders with tools to assess their market position and accelerate their transition to the next economy, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program has created a one-stop portal for interactive data and in-depth profiles of the U.S.'s 100 largest metropolitan areas, and in many cases all 50 states. The data and profiles based on our research and analysis also enable state and local leaders, who have developed Metropolitan Export Plans and Metropolitan Business Plans, to compare attributes with peer or neighboring areas in the following topics:

General Demographic and Economic Trends
Concentrated Poverty
Demographics
Post-Recession Economic Performance
State Profiles of Metropolitan Economies


Next Economy
Innovation
Manufacturing
Global Metropolitan Areas
Exports
Clean Economy Jobs and Wages
Immigration Skills


Access to Opportunity
Transit and Job Access
Skills and Education

General Demographic and Economic Trends

Concentrated Poverty
The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty analyzes data on neighborhood poverty from the 2005-09 American Community Surveys and Census 2000 to show how the economic downturn has affected the size and location of poverty in the top 100 metropolitan areas.
Metropolitan profiles »
Full analysis and indicator maps »

Demographics
State of Metropolitan America tracks nine of the most important subjects collected by the Census Bureau in its annual American Community Survey (population and migration; race and ethnicity; immigration; age; households and families; educational attainment; work; income and poverty; commuting patterns), and other supplemental data, providing a portrait of the demographic and social trends shaping the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas between 2000 and 2010.
Interactive map with access to state and metro profiles »

Post-Recession Economic Performance
MetroMonitor 2012: Tracking Economic Recession and Recovery
, our most recent quarterly report, features a new interactive tool that delivers more comprehensive data, including details on industry performance, numeric rankings, and a look back on the previous quarter’s overall recovery ranking to better assess metropolitan economies.

State Profiles of Metropolitan Economies
Metropolitan Areas and the Next Economy
 provides a look at 2009 data on U.S. metropolitan areas' contribution to state populations and economies, including a focus on key attributes that can drive the next round of U.S. economic growth.
State profiles »

Next Economy

Innovation
Patenting Prosperity: Invention and Economic Performance in the United States and its Metropolitan Area is the first analysis of its kind, patenting trends on a regional level from 1980 to 2012. This report ranks the nation’s roughly 360 metropolitan areas on patenting levels and growth, and examines the importance of patents as a measure of invention and economic growth.
Interactive application »

Manufacturing
Locating American Manufacturing: Trends in the Geography of Production, offers the first comprehensive analysis ever of the metropolitan geography of U.S. manufacturing by analyzing data on employment, earnings, and the number of business establishments engaged in U.S. manufacturing.
Metropolitan profiles »
Interactive application »

Global Metropolitan Areas
Global MetroMonitor 2012: Slowdown, Recovery, and Interdependence reveals the world’s 300 largest metropolitan economies that continued to have very disparate growth experiences. It also explores metropolitan economic dynamics, highlighting contributions to national growth and interdependence within the global economy.
Interactive application »

Exports
Export Nation 2012 analyzes the location of U.S. export production in 2010, the first year of the nation’s economic recovery, and also trends between 2003 and 2010, providing a comprehensive picture of goods and services exports produced in America's 100 largest metropolitan areas. You can also find statistics for all 50 states and explore the data through an interactive map.
Metropolitan and state profiles »

Interactive Map »
Report database » (Files are available from the webpage's sidebar)

Global Gateways: International Aviation in Metropolitan America tracks and analyzes international commercial air travel passenger levels within the United States' global aviation network. The first study of its kind, this report ranks 1) the 100 largest metropolitan areas for the number of passengers traveling to and from international destinations through their airports; 2) the most popular international metro areas based on passengers traveling to and from the U.S.; and 3) the most trafficked corridors between U.S. and international metropolitan areas. You can also find statistics for the 100 largest metropolitan areas and explore the data through an interactive map.
Interactive Map »

Clean Economy Jobs and Wages
Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment provides establishment-level employment statistics for clean economy industries, assessing the current nature, size, and growth of the clean economy between 2003 and 2010. You can also find statistics for all 50 states and explore the data through an interactive map.
Metropolitan and state profiles »
Interactive map » 

Immigrant Skills
The Search for Skills: Demand for H-1B Immigrant Workers in U.S. Metropolitan Areas explores the H-1B program at the metropolitan level, assessing demand for these workers by place and type of business and urging leaders to incorporate these regional perspectives in forging policy. There is also an embedded interactive feature from which metropolitan profiles are available.
Metropolitan profiles » (Hover over the 'Select a metro area' option, choose a metro from the list, and find data for your area. PDFs are available for download from links in the bottom right corner of the interactive feature.)

The Geography of Immigrant Skills: Educational Profiles of Metropolitan Areas examines educational attainment among foreign-born adults in 2009 for each of the nation's 100 largest metros and provides a detailed look at the significant role of immigrants in the U.S. economy.
Metropolitan profiles »

Access to Opportunity

Transit and Job Access
A New Alignment: Strengthening America's Commitment to Passenger Rail is the first-ever analysis of U.S. passenger rail by region. This report provides Amtrak ridership levels for each of the largest 100 metropolitan areas, as well as route operating costs from 1997 to 2012.
Interactive application »

Where the Jobs Are: Employer Access to Labor by Transit, another outgrowth of the Missed Opportunity" report, examines metro-level data on U.S. jobs located near transit, the number of workers within reach of job locations, and how these trends vary across industries and across cities and suburbs. The embedded interactive map provides transit coverage and labor access data, per metro area.
Metropolitan profiles »

Transit Access and Zero-Vehicle Households, an outgrowth of the "Missed Opportunity" report, provides a detailed look at transit accessibility for households without vehicles in the nation's largest 100 metropolitan areas.
Metropolitan profiles »

Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America uses data from 371 transit providers in the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas to provide a comparable, detailed look at transit coverage and connectivity to jobs across and within the nation's major metro areas. Explore detailed metropolitan and neighborhood-level data through an interactive map.
Metropolitan profiles »
Interactive map » 

Skills and Education
The Hidden STEM Economy redefines which occupations are considered part of the science, technology, engineering, and math workforce and what role they play in the nation’s largest 100 metros using 2011 data on occupations and their knowledge requirements.
Metropolitan profiles »
Key findings »

Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools, is a nationwide report that discusses national and metropolitan data on public school populations and state standardized test scores for 84,077 schools in 2010 and 2011, providing economic and race demographics across the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas.
Metropolitan and state profiles »
Interactive map »

Education, Job Openings, and Unemployment in Metropolitan America provides metro, state, and national policymakers with a better sense of the specific problems facing metropolitan labor markets. Explore our interactive application for metro-level data on supply of educated labor, employer demand for skilled workers, and other economic trends affecting unemployment rates.
Interactive data »