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New Tool Helps Define Peer Cities

Cities, and the people who run them, tend to like to know how they compare with other cities.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago crunched some numbers from the Census Bureau and compiled a map of 300 cities, looking at which are peer cities in four categories: racial and socioeconomic composition, economic change and labor market conditions, demographic and economic future and housing.

Susan Longworth is a senior business economist in the Community Development and Policy Studies Division at the Chicago Fed.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.