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Opportunity Since 1970: Up or Down?

Measure of America and Opportunity Nation have looked at some important indicators over the past four decades. What has happened to income inequality, high school graduation, violent crime, and other measures of opportunity nationally and in every state?

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A Portrait of Sonoma County

“A Portrait of Sonoma County” is the second county-level report in the Measure of America Series. Commissioned by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, it is an in-depth analysis of the health, economic, and educational conditions of people living in the heart of California’s Wine Country.

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Announcing NYC Data to Go

Measure of America recently received a grant from the Helmsley Trust to create NYC Data to Go, an unbiased, user-friendly resource for understanding the needs and assets of communities across the New York metropolitan area.

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Halve the Gap by 2030

An astonishing one in seven teens and young adults is not in school and not working. And youth disconnection rates in some neighborhoods are higher still—one in three young people is adrift. Ambitious, time-bound targets are needed to spur action and accountability. Read the report here.

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2013 Opportunity Index

How does your county or state fare when it comes to opportunity? Has it improved since 2012? Check out the third annual Opportunity Index, with rankings by state and county.

The Measure of America 2013–2014

Over the last half-century, the United States GDP has grown nearly 400%. Has the average American’s well-being in terms of health, education, and income also quintupled?

See the latest update to the American Human Development Index here.

Interactive Maps & Data

Ever wondered how your state or congressional district stacks up compared with your neighbors on life expectancy, preschool enrollment, earnings or dozens of other indicators? Create customized maps for every state and congressional district or for local areas in California, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Build and sort data charts for over 100 indicators. Explore the Maps

Endorsements

“While preparing a recent newspaper column on science and mathematics education in public schools, I chanced upon the very helpful website, measureofamerica.org. The analysis and presentation of data is excellent at this site, which I have visited several times since.”

–Dr. Clif Cleaveland, Contributor to the Chattanoonga Times Free Press

“The information in the Measure of America report, A Portrait of Mississippi, has been invaluable during my preparation for an upcoming presentation on Health Equity in Mississippi. This very informative depiction of Mississippi’s health, educational and economic data has provided me with an important resource for telling the story of health disparities in our state. The Human Development Index, a measure of our state’s composite deficits in these areas, relays the urgency to reach beyond biologic factors to address health disparities and inequities.

– Evelyn R. Walker, MD, MPH, MS State Department of Health

“While at Oxfam America, I was involved in two studies with Measure of America, the Portraits of Mississippi [and] Louisiana. They provided such an important baseline for discussion and advocacy…Legislators also used these documents to prepare their own briefs on a number of issues that supported their own legislative efforts and a prominent local advocate for low-income and minority citizens told us the Portrait of Mississippi was one of Oxfam’s greatest legacies on the Gulf Coast.” Read more–>

 

“We’re currently working with some of the United Ways offices to address some of the Human Development Index disparities listed in A Portrait of California. Having this breakdown affords us the ability to speak further on a local level. Thanks for your partnership and the great work you and your team are doing!”

Henry Gascon Manager, Program & Policy Development, United Ways of California

Measure of America is a great example of a leading edge application that employs visualization to enable access to information, exploration and understanding in complex data sets. We see this as an emerging area of technology that makes it possible for people who are not database experts to perform significant analysis and visualization.”

– Stephen North, Executive Director, Information Visualization Research, AT&T Shannon Laboratory

“I am a strategic planning consultant and will be assisting my new clients in transitioning from a government commission to a sustainable nonprofit. A Portrait of Louisiana is setting the context of what’s going on in the state and where the community needs may lie.”

– Bobbi Bilnoski, President & CEO, Concinnity Network