Peer City Tool and 500 Cities Data: Mapping Trends and Challenges Among Peer Cities

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (FRBC) recently introduced the Peer City Identification Tool. The tool identifies peer or “sister” cities that are experiencing similar trends and challenges in equity, economics, and resiliency. It’s meant to provide policymakers, community advocates, and practitioners with context on how their city compares to similar cities. Read more

Homes on the Range: Homeownership Rates Are Higher in Rural America

For decades, homeownership rates have been an important indicator of the health of housing markets all across the United States. While last decade’s housing crash and Great Recession altered the economy and conditions of housing markets throughout the nation, studies have shown that most Americans continue to believe homeownership is both desirable and attainable. Read more