Research & Publications

The National League of Cities strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and serve as a resource for local elected officials. Our research and publications advance these goals by providing critical data, identifying promising city practices, sharing inspiring and informative stories, and fostering effective solutions and innovation. Through original content such as reports, issue briefs, news articles and blog posts, we explore the issues facing cities today and foster a dialogue that helps city leaders build better communities.

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Oct 15
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Office building
  • Cybersecurity
  • Smart Cities

Every hour, 26% of local governments report a cyberattack. But according to a new NLC analysis, done in partnership with the Public Technology Institute, nearly a quarter don’t have a cybersecurity plan that is designed to protect government information systems from attack.

In this guide, you will:

Discover how some cities fought back against hackers Learn how your community…
  • Center for City Solutions
Sep 23
  • Pension

Keep your pension plan healthy to avoid bankruptcy and support your workers.

The pension landscape has been changing ever since the Great Recession. This new guide from NLC, Understanding Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Retirement Plans, is meant to help public workforce employers better navigate this landscape.

In this guide, you will:…

  • Center for City Solutions
Sep 16
  • Health & Wellness
  • Housing
  • Health

NLC is challenging cities to take action on indoor environmental hazards and their impact on the health of children and families in 2019 and 2020.

Pledge now to take action in your community and commit to implementing at least one policy or program. Please join your peers and select at least one of these four actions:

Inform…
  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
  • Health & Wellness
Sep 16
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Family on porch
  • Leadership & Management
  • Data Management
  • Race & Equity
  • Local

"Municipal governments have an important relationship with the census — both as consumers of the invaluable data it gathers and as partners in ensuring the complete and accurate count of our cities." 

The National League of Cities (NLC) supports the Census Bureau’s mission to “serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.” We also understand the…

  • Center for City Solutions
  • Federal Advocacy
Sep 09
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Emergency

This issue brief discusses city-level approaches and practices for emergency response and crisis stabilization for individuals experiencing mental illness, substance use disorder and/or homelessness. The second in a series of issue briefs, it explores approaches in detail and with a focus on working across systems.

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  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
  • Health & Wellness
Sep 06
Housing of all kinds
Housing of all kinds
  • Community & Housing
  • Housing

Which housing market does your city have? There are six.

Every medium and large city in America was analyzed in the National League of Cities' new report, “Housing Market Conditions Across America’s Cities,” which includes tailored recommendations for strengthening each type of housing market.

In this report, you will:

Learn about the different demographic and economic…
  • Center for City Solutions
Aug 27
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Youth & Family

NLC is offering city leaders in the Southeastern U.S. an opportunity to strengthen educational opportunities for their youngest residents through the use of children’s savings accounts (CSA). By joining the Southern Cities Children's Savings Network, local elected officials or senior-level city staff from southeastern cities will become part of a learning network that will help them improve…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
  • Economic Opportunity and Financial Empowerment
Aug 08
  • Health & Wellness
  • Youth & Family

City leaders are uniquely positioned to advance cross-cutting approaches that address underlying factors affecting the health of their residents and the vibrancy of their city. The National League of Cities launched Cities of Opportunity in October 2018 to strengthen the capacity of city leaders to work in a more holistic way to address social determinants of health. NLC recruited 12 cities in…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Aug 05
  • Traffic
  • Infrastructure

Mobility is critical to individual and societal prosperity. Individuals need the ability to get around to work, see each other and play, and commerce requires the efficient movement of goods. But the costs of traffic congestion and maintenance backlogs are ever-growing, and current funding models are not keeping pace with city needs. One solution that can simultaneously reduce traffic…

  • Center for City Solutions
Jul 02
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Emergency

This issue brief examines the challenges posed by mental illness, substance use disorder and homelessness and introduces innovations with a focus on emergency response and crisis stabilization. This series provides local leaders with tools and strategies to better address emergency response and crisis stabilization systems for those experiencing mental illness, substance use disorder and/or…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
  • Health & Wellness