2013 Greater New Haven Community Index

Report by Mark Abraham
September 2013

DataHaven   (New Haven - Connecticut)

Greater New Haven Community Index 2013: Benchmarking the People, Economic Opportunity, Health Needs, and Civic Life of Our Region is a unified assessment of wellbeing and quality of life in Greater New Haven and its neighborhoods. It illustrates the opportunities and challenges that face the metropolitan area where we live, work, and play.

The Greater New Haven Community Index 2013 is published by DataHaven and a group of community, government, and scientific partners. The report is the most comprehensive ever in the Greater New Haven region. For the first time, the Index describes demographic change, education, economics, health, and civic life in our metropolitan area and its neighborhoods. It ranks the Greater New Haven region as the 19th best-performing metropolitan region out of 130 largest U.S. urban areas.

The inaugural edition of the Community Index was created by DataHaven in collaboration with community, government, and scientific partners including The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven Health Department, Carolyn Foundation, and the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) at the Yale School of Public Health. These and other partner organizations intend to update the Community Index on a regular basis, and use it to create or support existing regional "action plans," identifying how government and business leaders can best measure and accelerate the region's forward progress. The Index is also useful to neighborhood leaders and nonprofit organizations who need contextual data about the places where they live and work. Additional funders of the Index included the United Way of Greater New Haven, NewAlliance Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, The United Illuminating Company and Southern Connecticut Gas, as well as the Donaghue Foundation and Kresge Foundation, which support CARE.