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State of the Region

Uncovering new trends through smart data analysis

This spring, MPC's Research and Evaluation team will release the 2018 State of the Region Report, a new data tool to analyze the health and well-being of metro Chicago and its residents. 


How are Chicagoland residents faring on key, fundamental issues that help ensure we are shaping a region that is equitable, prosperous and sustainable? How do we stack up against regions across the nation?

How are residents thriving? How are they struggling? And what can these metrics reveal about our region's current and future priorities?

These are the driving questions behind MPC’s State of the Region, an annual research initiative aimed at capturing how the seven-county Chicagoland region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) is performing on a variety of metrics relevant to MPC’s work, and the overall health of our region.

The Research Team will report on measures related to public health, education, housing, employment, civic engagement and public safety and will be an invaluable tool as the region grapples with how to bring resources, development and jobs to communities.


Data can tell us a lot about our quality of life and where should we be driving policies, investments and ideas that ensure all current and future residents reach their full potential.

The annual MPC's State of the Region report seeks to answer key questions that face our region’s residents, inlcuding:

    • Do I have a good home/access to a good home?
    • Am I safe?
    • Am I civically engaged and does my government work for me?
    • Am I healthy/have access to healthcare?
    • Do I have a good job/access to a good job?
    • Do I have a good education/access to a good education?


MPC and its partners focus on economic development, vibrant neighborhoods, quality housing and transportation choices and well-managed natural assets. We consistently think ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow. 

The comprehensive findings of this report will help policymakers, advocates and stakeholders address our area’s toughest planning and development challenges.

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