Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Indicators That Tire You Out

According to First Time Home Buyers' Blog, Orange County, California, is the best city for sleeping. Here's an excerpt:

Having trouble catching some ZZZZZ’s? Maybe you should consider moving to one of Sperling’s “Best Cities For Sleep.” According to one of their most recent studies, Orange County, CA, was the city in which residents had the most days of restful sleep per month.

Orange County is the second largest county in California, and the fifth largest county in the country. With the highest concentration of high-tech industries in the U.S., and a strong job market, Orange County has seen a rise in population in the last couple of years, according to the county’s Community Indicators Project. In fact, the OC has more inhabitants than the states of Utah, Nevada, Iowa, and Idaho. ...

Are you curious about what city took the honor of “worst city for sleep”? That dubious honor went to Atlanta, GA. This is very interesting, since that city is the home of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine.

Interestingly enough, I haven't seen community indicators that track naptime before. Perhaps with the aging of the Baby Boomers, we ought to consider a good night's rest a critical measure of the quality of life in a community ....


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