We have been hard at work over the last year to bring you a new and improved 2010 One D Regional Scorecard.
For the second year in a row, we reviewed the indicators we are tracking under our five priority areas: Economic Prosperity, Educational Preparedness, Quality of Life, Regional Transit, and Social Equity. In 2010, we sought to provide a more robust and balanced set of indicators for each priority area. This led to the addition of several indicators, and the elimination of a few others.
We continue to track the top 54 regions in the country whenever possible. The 54 regions include 43 combined statistical areas (CSAs)*1 and 11 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)*2 with populations of one million or more in 2007. The Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint combined statistical area includes nine counties: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne.
A number of indicators were deemed important to track despite a lack of available data for the top 54 regions. When data were not available at the regional level, we defaulted to state level data. In some cases, data were available only at the MSA level, or that of the urbanized area (UA). In each instance, the level of geography is noted.
As in the 2009 Scorecard, we continue to rank our region (or state) against other areas for each indicator. In 2010, we are able to track many of the indicators over time. Ranks and values are provided for each year of data available. Again, we provide the data for advanced users in downloadable spreadsheets for further deeper exploration.
Note: One D and its partners are careful not to make any subjective conclusions based on this data. What we are trying to achieve by presenting these indicators is, over time, to show a year over year comparison in order to: 1. Know where we stand as a region and 2. See trends over time on our progress vis-à-vis ourselves and other regions.
Why is this important? You can't know where you are heading unless you know where you are. We think this set of indicators is helpful in understanding some essentials about the economic health and competitiveness of the Detroit metropolitan region.
Whenever available, Data Driven Detroit has provided ranks from previous years to begin our yearly trend analysis. You will see multiple years in several of the indicators.
Thank you for visiting the 2010 One D Scorecard site. We hope you find this information valuable and useful for understanding our region.
*1 Combined statistical areas are comprised of one or more contiguous "core based statistical areas" (see below).
*2 Metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas are geographic entities comprised of one or more counties. These entities are considered to have a high degree of social and economic integration, and are "defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use by Federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics" (U.S. Census Bureau). Collectively, metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas are referred to as "core based statistical areas".