Community planners recognize that conditions in their metropolitan areas have a powerful influence on what they can accomplish at the neighborhood level. This report highlights the 14 metros that were the focus for investment by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the 2000s. These 14 represent the diversity across America’s large metropolitan areas. The report is organized into three sections. Section 1 introduces the 14 Casey metros using background indicators (e.g., on demographic conditions, social conditions and poverty levels). Section 2 examines the dynamics of the economies of these metropolitan areas since 2000, and Section 3 does the same for their housing markets. 

August 2, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    How the “health” of metropolitan areas affects neighborhood change

  2. 2

    How a declining economy affects community initiatives differently than a growing economy.

  3. 3

    The demographic dynamics of Casey investment cities from 2000 – 2009.

  4. 4

    How Casey investment cities fared vs. the 100 largest metro areas during the turbulent 2000s.

Key Takeaway

Child Poverty is a diverse factor in all Making Connections Cities

The 100 top metro cities were divided into thirds according to their child poverty rates and the share of their population that was under 18 (in 2008). Casey metros are found in all cells of the matrix but one, and  can be considered reasonably representative of the diversity of the 100 metros (for these factors) in reviewing the rest of this report.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations