A Look into Our Community Data

by Devyn Giannetti , Communications Specialist, Communications Department

Couple walking in front of a restaurant with a patioEver wonder what makes your community special? How easy it is to access transportation in your area versus others, how much space there is to build parks or plant trees, or where the most people are moving to?

This data can be found in Our Community: The 2020 Data Book, recently published by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. This inaugural book provides insights into the communities that comprise Cuyahoga County.

“Timely and easily accessible data helps us understand our communities,” said Patrick Hewitt, Interim Executive Director of the Planning Commission. “This Data Book provides insights into how residents of Cuyahoga County live, work, and travel, and we are excited to see this data help to inform decisions.”

The Data Book covers 36 metrics in five categories, including:

  • Demographics
  • Economy
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Transportation

This resource can be used by local governments, community organizations and others interested in learning more about our communities. It can also be used as a resource in preparing grant applications, understanding community changes, and identifying issues to address.

Information in the Data Book comes from a variety of sources, including U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates and the 5-Year American Community Survey, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, the Northern Ohio Data and Information Service, and the County Fiscal Office, among others.

The first edition in the Data Book series is available on the Planning Commission website, which also includes other resources, additional detail, and downloadable content.