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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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, the first in a series, examines the challenges posed by mental illness, substance use disorder and homelessness and introduces innovations from a diverse array of communities with a focus on emergency response and crisis stabilization. This brief and those to follow will provide local leaders with tools and strategies to better address emergency response and crisis…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
  • Health & Wellness
Jul 01
Homes in America
Homes in America
  • Housing
  • Community & Housing

Housing is in a state of crisis in America — and cities, towns and villages are on the front lines. Rising home prices and stagnant wages have put tremendous strain on housing markets across the country. More than 20 local leaders from across the country came together to form the National League of Cities (NLC) Housing Task Force, chaired by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. This report is…

Jun 26
  • Housing
  • Community & Housing
  • Neighborhoods
Background

Bozeman’s recent housing challenges are driven, in part, by the strength of its local job market.  Bozeman added 11,000 new jobs since the Recovery at a rate of 4.4% annually and with unemployment at 2.5%, Bozeman’s economy was strong.…

  • Center for City Solutions
Jun 26
  • Housing
  • Community & Housing
  • Neighborhoods

In recent years, the District of Columbia’s population and economy has grown, causing an increased demand for affordable housing for low and…

  • Center for City Solutions
Jun 26
  • Housing
  • Community & Housing
  • Neighborhoods
Background​​​​​​

Between 2010 and 2016, Minneapolis added over 12,000 housing units and grew by 37,000 residents.

  • Center for City Solutions
Jun 24
  • Community & Housing
  • Community & Housing
  • Neighborhoods
Background

By July 2015, Seattle’s population growth was explosive.  Estimates from 2009 for the Puget Sound region suggested that total population would top 5 million by 2040, a nearly 40 percent increase—…

  • Center for City Solutions
Jun 24
  • Housing
  • Community & Housing
  • Neighborhoods
Background

Although, the Fair Housing Act has prohibited discrimination in housing markets since 1968, the effects of past discriminatory Federal and local housing policies are seen and felt today in cities across the nation.  In the American Heartland, for…

  • Center for City Solutions
Jun 24
  • Housing
  • Community & Housing
  • Neighborhoods
Background

In 2015, Oakland, California was riding the crest of a great economic wave.  Years of growth in both higher wage and lower-wage jobs had helped to make Oakland a haven for tech entrepreneurs and others seeking to share in the City’s growing prosperity…

  • Center for City Solutions