These Community Vital Signs are inspired by collaborative work done by Social Progress Imperative a global nonprofit supporting cities, regions, and nations to transition to inclusive growth models and the City of San José to develop a tool to help catalyze and facilitate community discussions on how to improve their community.
The Social Progress Index asks universally important questions about the success of society that measures of economic progress cannot alone address. The Index helps answer those questions with verifiable, credible, and contextually relevant indicators. It integrates a multitude of local, state, and federal data sources using the Social Progress Index methodology to develop a better understanding of a community.
Currently the Community Vital Sign Index on this site includes 20 of the 42 dimensions included in the San Jose effort for which there is census tract level information. The preliminary index includes census-tract-level data from the American Community Survey and the CDC Places 2020 database.
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