Baltimore's annual neighborhood-level data report is out - Baltimore


Apr. 18, 2016 12:44 pm

Baltimore’s annual neighborhood-level data report is out

A new addition to this year's Vital Signs: arts and culture data.

BNIA-JFI Associate Director Seema Iyer speaks at's Rise Conference.

(Photo by Chris Kendig)

Last year’s Vital Signs report from the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute was a key resource for national media looking to provide hard evidence of the inequality brought to the fore by the riots that followed Freddie Gray’s funeral.

As the anniversary (and national media) arrive, the latest Vital Signs is available for consumption and processing.

Notably, this year’s report adds an expanded look at indicators on Arts & Culture. BNIA-JFI Associate Director Seema Iyer said her organization has been working with partners from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. BNIA-JFA also had a Baltimore Corps fellow focused specifically on how to collect arts and culture data annually.

On Wednesday, the partners will present the data at a morning event at the Motor House.


For now, here are a few data points about the city from 2014.

Baltimore has:

  • 341.8 residents with library cards per 1,000 residents
  • 1.2 works of public art per 1,000 residents
  • 1.4 event permit requests per 1,000 residents
Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is Market Editor for Baltimore and DC. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.


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