Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project

This is the legacy version of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project (MPIP). MPIP no longer has the personnel or the funding to allow it to continue its primary goal: to establish a broad set of community indicators that would serve as an information asset for the communities of the Philadelphia region. The costs of assembling these data products have increased, as well as the costs of creating on-line mapping of the region's community indicators. We have reached an agreement with PolicyMap that will enable this central service goal to continue. PolicyMap provides a robust mapping platform, a comprehensive data archive, and the ability to tailor data analyses to a wide variety of community-level decisions.

Our on-line mapping and data analysis service, MetroPhilaMapper, will continue, but will not be updated, and will be unsupported by MPIP personnel. We have established a direct link to PolicyMap’s online data and map generation service through a "widget" on this website.

The link to PolicyMap will bring you to a set of strategically important community indicators, provided in MPIP’s geography of the 354 communities of Philadelphia and its 8 surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Because of the strong overlap of data sources between MPIP and PolicyMap, users with extensive needs for community level data are encouraged to register with PolicyMap to gain access to this information. They have a range of data and mapping access fees, with basic public data, with maps available at no cost to the user. Multiple universities, including Temple, have purchased institutional subscriptions to PolicyMap, which allows free access to all the public data held in that dataset to any student, faculty member or administrator of these universities. People using MPIP to develop maps through PolicyMap using existing MPIP data through the PolicyMap widget will be able to download the underlying data. We also anticipate that a new utility of PolicyMap, a data download function, will be fully available later this year for organizations having an institutional membership in PolicyMap.

This website also contains our many published reports on focused topics, as well as our State of the Region’s communities. Downloadable copies of these reports will remain available through the MPIP web-site. Our basic framework has not changed. Using the drop-down menus along the top of each page allows you to gain an Introduction to Indicators, a compendium of the community indicators we used, a list of participants (to whom we are very grateful for their contributions), a guide for using the site, a link to the MetroPhilaMapper service, and a catalog of our reports available for downloading.

We close by recognizing that MPIP's efforts would not have been possible without the personal and financial support of Temple University, the William Penn Foundation, our group of loyal and committed staffers, and our several advisers.