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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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
Family on porch
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 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 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