Walk Score

Walk Score measures walkability on a scale from 0 – 100 based on walking routes to destinations such as grocery stores, schools, parks, restaurants, and retail

Walk Score’s mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods.

Link: https://www.walkscore.com/

https://www.redfin.com/how-walk-score-works

Author:  Walk Score

Category: Economy, Equity, Health, Infrastructure, Mobility, Transportation, Safety, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Walk Score Maps

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for viewing online. Walk Score data can be requested and is available in a variety of formats including shapefiles, spreadsheets, and via APIs.

Last Updated: 2017

Transit Corridor Livability Calculator

This calculator is designed to numerically describe the livability characteristics of an individual transit corridor. After inputting the necessary corridor area’s census block group identifiers, metric scores and livability performance are calculated.

Link: http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/174953.aspx

Author: The Handbook for Building Livable Transit Corridors

Category: Transportation, Equity, Housing, Economy

Geographic Scope:  N/A

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Livability Performance Summary

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple

Data Permissions: N/A

Last Updated: N/A

The Data Center

The Data Center brings data together from multiple sources, analyzing data at a 360–degree look regarding regional issues from the government, business, nonprofit, and community perspective. In these ways, The Data Center realizes its mission to build prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable communities by making informed decisions possible.

Link: https://www.datacenterresearch.org

Author: The Data Center

Category: Demographics, Economics, Education, Equity, Housing, Resilience, Mobility, Safety, Transportation

Geographic Scope:  Southeast Louisiana

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Datasets, Reports, Maps

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple, e.g. Census Tract, Census Block Group, Neighborhood Statistical Areas

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2018

Surging Seas Risk Finder

Climate Central’s Surging Seas Risk Finder is a searchable web tool designed to provide citizens, communities and policymakers in the U.S. with the tailored local information they need to understand and respond to the risks of sea level rise and coastal flooding in their own neighborhoods. The interactive toolkit includes maps, local sea level and flood risk projections, and potential impacts for population, land, and, depending upon location, other variables.

Link: https://riskfinder.climatecentral.org/

Author: Climate Central

Category: Demographics, Economic, Environment, Infrastructure, Resiliency, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  Available for the entire contiguous coastal U.S.

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Maps, Spreadsheets, Slideshow-ready tables & graphs, fact sheets, area comparisons, local sea level & flood risk projections

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple: NOAA, USGS, FEMA, DOT, DOE, DOI, EPA, FCC and the Census.

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2016

Statistical Atlas

StatisticalAtlas.com provides in-depth statistical data and analysis for all of the US. The tool provides high-level overviews for the entire country all the way down to the individual block. The site is heavily cross-linked for convenient click-and-scroll navigation.

Link: https://statisticalatlas.com/United-States/Overview

Author: Cedar Lake Ventures, Inc

Category: Demographics, Economy, Education, Equity

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Maps, Statistics

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Neighborhoods, Zip Codes, Districts, Census Tracts, Census Block Groups

Data Permissions: Data not available for direct download

Last Updated: 2015

Social Explorer

Social Explorer includes the entire US Census (1790 to 2010) and the American Community Survey (2005 to 2015). Specialized U.S. data resources include the FBI Uniform Crime Report (2010 to 2015), American election results (1912 to 2016), Religious Congregations and Membership Study (1980 and 2010), Vulcan Project carbon emissions data (2002), US Business Patterns (2014), and County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program data (2010 to 2016).

Link: https://www.socialexplorer.com/a9676d974c/explore

Author: Social Explorer

Category: Economy, Equity, Health, Safety, Environment, Education, Housing, Mobility, Transportation, Policy

Geographic Scope:  United States and Puerto Rico

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Maps, Swipe and Side by Side Comparisons, Table Reports

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: State, County, Census Tract, Census Block Group

Data Permissions: The Premium edition is updated regularly, as soon as data releases are made available from the Census Bureau and other relevant data sources.

Last Updated: 2017

Smart Location Database

The Smart Location Database is a nationwide geographic data resource for measuring location efficiency. It includes more than 90 attributes summarizing characteristics such as housing density, diversity of land use, neighborhood design, destination accessibility, transit service, employment, and demographics. Most attributes are available for every census block group in the United States.

Link: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-location-mapping#SLD

Author:  U.S. EPA Smart Growth Program

Category: Land Use, Economics, Equity, Mobility, Transportation, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs:  Maps

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: U.S. Census Block Groups

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2017

Smart Growth Livability Calculator

The online Smart Growth & Livability Calculator prototype is designed to help practitioners and researchers meet a variety of planning and design challenges related to corridors, station areas, and complete streets, climate action planning and providing affordable housing near transit in support of active and sustainable travel. This Smart Growth & Livability Calculator builds on work developing The Handbook for Building Livable Transit Corridors and the associated Livability Calculator, sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board.

Link: http://smartgrowthcalculator.herokuapp.com/index.html

Author: Bruce Appleyard, San Diego State University, et. al.

Category: Demographics, Transportation, Sustainability, Mobility, Economy, Equity, Housing, Land Use

Geographic Scope:  Regional

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Online Maps, Statistic Readouts

Skill Level: Low

Data-Level: Census Block Groups

Data Permissions: Not available for direct download

Last Updated: N/A

PolicyMap

PolicyMap offers easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the US. PolicyMap provides data for research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis.

Link: https://www.policymap.com/maps

Author: PolicyMap

Category: Demographics, Economy, Education, Health, Equity, Mobility, Sustainability, Policy

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Interactive Maps, Tables, Reports,  Compare data across locations

Skill Level: Medium

Data Level: Multiple

Data Permissions: Available for direct download

Last Updated: 2018

eTOD Social Impact Calculator

The Calculator reveals the benefits of affordable housing near transit to help developers select better sites, design unit mix, and educate the public and decision makers. The Calculator provides a broad swath of data important to developers, households, neighborhoods, and communities. This data includes parking, jobs, public transportation, greenhouse gas emissions, building purchasing power, and bike sharing.

Link: https://etod.cnt.org/

Author: Center for Neighborhood Technology

Category: Environment, Transportation, Mobility, Land Use, Equity, Economy, Housing

Geographic Scope:  Chicago

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Maps

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: Land Bank Parcels, Qualified Census Tracts, TIF Districts, New Market Tax Credits Designated Area

Data Permissions: Not available for direct download.

Last Updated: 2018

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