As Washington talks, mayors take action. With a lack of federal leadership on critical issues like climate change and infrastructure, mayors are increasingly focusing on local solutions that address national challenges.

State of the Cities is a first-of-its-kind report that benchmarks the top issues that mayors are talking about and the factors driving those priorities. In its sixth year, State of the Cities analyzes more than 150 annual speeches given by mayors from cities, towns and villages of diverse populations and geographic regions.

In this report, you will learn:

  • The top issues mayors care about in 2019
  • Emerging local trends
  • How a sampling of cities are tackling critical issues