This appendix presents some of the basic data for the largest 192 metropolitan areas (based on 2000 population) that were used in the case-study selection process. As noted in the text, each region is defined by its corresponding metropolitan area as defined by the Office of Management and Budget’s December 2003 Core Based Statistical Areas. The data used in selection included the change in total jobs and earnings per job, with both coming from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis; the change in the poverty rate and the 80/20 household income ratio; and endpoints in terms of median household income and the Gini coefficient, with all of these last four coming from the Building Resilient Regions database for the base-year (1979) values and the 2010 American Community Survey 1-year summary file for end-year (2010) values. All data has been customized to reflect consistent geographic coverage over time. See appendix B for more information on data sources.
As described in chapter 3, we wanted to recognize broad regional differences across the country, so we benchmarked all of the metros against their respective larger US census-designated region: Northeast, Midwest, South, or West. This involved normalizing each measure into detrended z-scores and calculating separately for each region. We also considered four different time periods and computed the growth index as the mean of the eight growth-related z-scores, and the equity index as the mean of the eight equity-related z-scores.
It’s all too much to put in a single table, although we thought there would be interest in the scores and divergences. Thus, this appendix offers the initial level of jobs, earnings per job, poverty, and 80/20 ratio, as well as the endpoints for those measures, plus endpoints for median household income and the Gini coefficient for all 192 regions. We also provide the composite indices, with the caution that these cannot be directly calculated from the data in the table without the intervening data as well as the proper z-score procedures.