A first-of-its-kind report that benchmarks the top issues facing mayors.

Mayors have long demonstrated their capacity to lead on critical issues that extend beyond city limits. Much like the president’s State of the Union, each year, mayors across the nation detail the state of America’s cities. This State of the City speech reflects the mayor’s priorities as well as the city’s accomplishments, challenges and roadmap for the future. It identifies top-level issues, such as economic development and infrastructure, and specific policies, such as workforce training and transit.

The state of our cities continues to be strong even in these troubled times. Right now, mayors are battling the twin challenges of a public health crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout that the novel coronavirus has wrought on our nation’s communities. Mayors have been on the frontlines serving as stalwart leaders – together with the essential workers and the fire, police, sanitation, and public health employees – guiding our cities through this storm. This journey is far from over, and our essential cities will recover and rebuild.

What this year’s State of the Cities analysis reveals is that local leaders have been and will continue to provide residents and businesses with the tools, through targeted investments, not only to strengthen our economy, but also in ways that are more equitable, sustainable and forward-thinking.

State of the Cities through the years

Click to view and download past State of the Cities reports.

2020 State of the Cities Report

2019 State of the Cities Report

2018 State of the Cities Report

2017 State of the Cities Report

2016 State of the Cities Report

2015 State of the Cities Report

2014 State of the Cities Report

Latest State of the Cities map

Our next State of the Cities map update is slated for April 2021.