City Trends Report
During the summer of 2012, AWC initiated a research project to identify the key trends facing cities in the years ahead. Through surveys, focus groups, existing publications, and staff input, AWC compiled a report that projects into the future and identifies the most pressing issues for Washington’s cities. The 2012 Trends Report served as a catalyst for AWC’s Board of Directors to develop its new Strategic Plan and is a useful tool for cities looking to address issues in a quickly-evolving environment.
2012 City Trends Report (pdf)
City fiscal conditions
AWC has surveyed cities and towns across Washington to gather data that tells the story of how the economy continues to affect Washington cities and towns. Access information about current fiscal conditions, and cuts to personnel and services. See local and nationwide surveys from AWC, National League of Cities, Elway Research Inc.
State of the Cities
State of the Cities is an ongoing research effort exploring the fiscal health and trends of Washington’s cities and towns. The reports present an in-depth look at specific topics including the 2011 Infrastructure Report. The 2012 report examines the municipal criminal justice system.
Tax & User Fee survey
Survey data collected includes land use fees, park and recreation fees, utility rates, and municipal taxes and fees. Results help cities and towns develop and set tax rates, fees and charges. See survey results from 2008 and 2010.
Census 2010 data released in stages
Check the OFM census page frequently for data updates. Current information includes Washington state summary info, redistricting data, apportionment population and GIS data layers.