Public finance is fundamental to the activities of cities and towns. It’s how cities pay for the services that they provide and their ability to finance their work is driven by their underlying economic conditions. NLC has been tracking city fiscal conditions for 25 years. Our work features survey and other research reports on the structure, health, and factors affecting city finances, as well as resources for city officials to use in making better decisions. Our goal is provide useful, timely, high quality information to policymakers at all levels of government and to opinion-makers and in the media and research communities.

    City Fiscal Conditions in 2013
    The National League of Cities’ 28th annual survey of city finance officers reveals an overall picture of a gradually improving economy and improving city fiscal conditions. A majority of city finance officers report that their cities are better able to meet financial needs in 2013 than in 2012. 




    City Fiscal Condtions in 2012
    2012 City Fiscal Conditions ReportThe nation’s cities continue to cut personnel, infrastructure investments and key services as the prolonged effects of the economic downturn take their toll on city finances according to the National League of Cities 27th annual City Fiscal Conditions report.



    NLC to Partner on MacArthur-Funded Study of City Fiscal Health (May 21, 2012)
    The National League of Cities Center for Research & Innovation has received a three-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study city governments' responses to and recovery from the Great Recession. NLC will analyze U.S. cities' public investment and fiscal health in a collaborative project with the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and be advised by a working group of the Federal Reserve System, led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

    City Fiscal Conditions in 2011
    The nation's cities are cutting personnel and infrastructure projects as the economic downturn continues to take its toll on city finances according to the National League of Cities' (NLC) 26th annual City Fiscal Conditions report.



    Select Cities Lead the Pack in Providing Investor Relations Content
    The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and recently surveyed the 75 largest cities in the U.S. to identify those that stand out as frontrunners in providing online investor information.