May 12, 2012
Contact: University Relations
Vital Signs 10, a comprehensive statistical portrait of Baltimore and its neighborhoods, marks a decade of reporting on "quality of life" indicators—housing, employment, transportation, the economy, crime, education, population, etc. The 10th edition of the report, published by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute, tracks more than 110 indicators to show how the city has changed since the release of the first Vital Signs in 2002. Many of these indicators cover the years 2000-2010, and present a portrait of Baltimore during a decade of dramatic change. The report is available now on BNIA-JFI's website.
Vital Signs 10 shows that in the past decade, Baltimore has seen significant movement, both positive and negative, in many of the indicators gathered by the report. Specifically:
Matthew Kachura, program manager of BNIA-JFI, said the gathering of 10 years of data has immediate and long-term value for those who are working to improve the city.
"Vital Signs is the only comprehensive source for neighborhood data in Baltimore City," Kachura said. "We specialize in integrating data from a variety of sources and package information about Baltimore's communities in one place. Whether you are working to improve the lives of residents, conditions within neighborhoods, or monitoring how the city has changed, Vital Signs tracks neighborhood information year in and year out across many different issues.
"Many neighborhoods have experienced dramatic ups and downs over the decade. The indicators show that some communities are in the midst of increasing racial diversity, like Highlandtown or Morrell Park/Violetville; other communities now have one in every five homes vacant and/or abandoned such as Greenmount East or Upton/Druid Heights. The data in Vital Signs helps us to comprehend what is happening below the city level. We believe this decade of neighborhood-level data is not available anywhere else."
Vital Signs 10 also shows the city in the midst of the lingering global recession in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available. In 2010:
Vital Signs analyzes data provided at the Community Statistical Area level. CSAs are clusters of neighborhoods organized around Census Tract boundaries, which are consistent statistical boundaries. Neighborhood borders don't always fall neatly into CSAs, but CSAs represent conditions occurring within the particular neighborhoods that comprise a CSA.
BNIA-JFI began in 1998 as a partnership between the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers. In 2006, BNIA joined with the University of Baltimore's Jacob France Institute in an expansion of its capabilities. BNIA-JFI has strengthened the Vital Signs report and provided additional services and resources for those who seek data, information, and analysis about the city.
The complete Vital Signs reports, along with a separate executive summary, data, maps and other reports conducted by BNIA-JFI, are available at www.bniajfi.org.
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Public Affairs and the Merrick School of Business.