State of the City Poll

How we see the future of our communities

The United States of Unease

The most important lesson from our State of the City poll may be how much urban, suburban, and rural Americans are concerned about the same things.

Why People Stay Where They Are

We hear a lot about why people leave their communities—but only about one in ten Americans moves per year.

What Makes Us the Happiest About the Places We Live

Urbanites and suburbanites in the U.S. have a lot more in common than you might have guessed.

Overall, America's Urban Parks Get High Marks

But there remains a divide in perceptions of access among less-educated, lower-income residents.

The Surprising Politics of Traffic Solutions

Democrats are much more optimistic than Republicans that every infrastructure investment can help ease congestion—even roads.

Who's Willing to Pay for Renewable Energy?

More results from our State of the City poll.

Americans Love Local Government—They Just Don't Necessarily Want More of It

Survey respondents who reported the highest satisfaction with local government services weren't inclined to support spending more on it—especially among whites.

Local Charities Seem Great If You're White and Rich

Many factors influence people's attitudes about community service organizations, including whether or not they know those groups exist.

It's Crucial Not to Forget That Nearly Everyone Still Drives to Work

In every urban demographic group in our State of City poll, the majority commuted by car.

It's Tough Out There for Renters, But Most Americans Still Want More Options to Buy a Home

Just about everybody thinks they'd be better off with more housing to buy than more apartments to rent, according to the State of the City poll.

The Majority of Urban Parents in the U.S. Say They Struggle to Meet Household Expenses

And fully 17 percent said they consistently don't have enough to cover basic costs. 

Is Anyone Happy With Their Local Schools?

Hispanics largely are, but African Americans aren't, according to the State of the City Poll. 

Methodology Details for the State of the City Poll

How we arrived at the data. 

Minorities in the Suburbs Have the Least Trust in Local Police

Whether you have confidence in law enforcement largely depends on where you live and whether you're white or not, according to our State of the City Poll. 

Who's Willing to Move? The Young, the Poor, and Those Who Already Live in Cities

More results from the Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City Poll. 

Overall, Americans in the Suburbs Are Still the Happiest

The first results of our State of the City Poll.