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Our Climate, Our Food

The impacts of climate change on agricultural productivity and food systems has far-reaching consequences. The food we have access to and consume is a major contributor to our health. And for many regions and communities, farming and food production is a major part of the economic picture. Read more

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

Life Off the Highway: A Snapshot of Rural America

American Community Survey statistics are the only source of annual data for some rural residents, and are vital for local decision making by elected officials, city and county planners, and businesses. Recently, the Census Bureau released several products highlighting selected characteristics of the rural population of America. Read more