The Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project: Measuring a Diverse Region

  • Brian LockwoodEmail author
  • Jason Martin
  • Cathy Yinghui Cao
  • Michelle Schmitt
Part of the Community Quality-of-Life Indicators book series (CQLI, volume 3)


The Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project (MPIP) is a multidisciplinary research initiative that gathers and makes available data describing the Philadelphia Metropolitan Region. Comprised of 353 municipalities in nine counties that span Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the region is a rich and diverse area that has benefitted from the creation and growth of a social indicators project. To accurately characterize the region, identify changes and trends, and predict how the region might look in the future, MPIP gathers social indicators from an array of subject areas that include the economy, health, criminal justice, housing, and others. In efforts to see that its data are used effectively to benefit the region and influence policy, MPIP actively engages in partnerships with regional organizations by providing data, developing research methodology, and conducting analyses. This chapter describes the conception of MPIP, the composition of the region it serves, and the data and services provided by the Project. Additionally, the challenges encountered by MPIP are discussed, along with the projected future directions of the Project.


Metropolitan Area Census Tract Social Indicator Civic Organization Suburban Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Lockwood
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jason Martin
    • 2
  • Cathy Yinghui Cao
    • 2
  • Michelle Schmitt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeMonmouth UniversityWest Long BranchUSA
  2. 2.Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators ProjectTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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