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MuniNet Guide provides you with raw data, data visualizations, and analysis of economic trends relating to state and local economies and governments. We also provide our Top Picks of the best outside resources for publicly available state and local economic resources on the web. Take a look at our charts, articles, and third-party links below.


Data Visualization: U.S. Metropolitan Area GDP Growth in 2016 (Source, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis)

(Scroll and zoom for statistical detail and AK and HI metros)


Research and Analysis of Local Economies: Going Beyond ‘Urban vs. Rural’

There are five archetypes of local economies that come forth from the data; Major Job Centers, which are mostly large central cities like Austin and San Francisco; Rural Brain Drains, smaller cities disconnected from larger metropolitan areas like Chardon, Ohio and Rison, Arkansas; Cities on Par, mostly small-to-medium sized cores of smaller metropolitan areas, and sometimes with major universities like Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Room to Grow, cities that are largely older, inner-ring suburbs of major metropolitan areas like Plano, Texas and Scottsdale, Arizona; and Mid-Sized Business Boomers, mostly cores of medium-sized metropolitan areas such as Ann Arbor, Michigan and Longmont, Colorado.

MuniNet Guide spoke with Christiana McFarland, Research Director for the National League of Cities’ Center for City Solutions and lead author of the study, to talk about its findings, where trends are leading, and what policymakers can do to steer their local economies in favorable directions.




Real per-capita GDP Change, 2011-2015, 10 Highest Population U.S. Metropolitan AreasState and Local Economic Resources

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis)

This chart focuses on the per-capita GDP growth of the ten largest U.S. metropolitan areas by population in the period immediately following the recovery of the Great Recession. The Great Recession officially ended in June of 2009, but what is in some ways more telling is the growth trajectory a couple of years out. Economies sees a bounce-back to one degree or another immediately following a recession; their long-term prospects can better be analyzed by reviewing growth trajectories in the years following the recovery period. Per-capita GDP growth holds economic growth constant for population changes.


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Featured Articles on Economic Analysis and Development

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Top Picks
The following featured links are approved by MuniNet as exceptional online resources offering up-to-date information on topics that matter
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    The primary responsibility of the seven-member Board is the formulation of monetary policy, along with regulatory and supervisory responsibilities.

  • Conference Board, The

    Global, independent business membership and research association that helps member companies understand and deal with critical issues.

  • Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN)

    Network of state and regional multi-issue research, policy, and advocacy organizations seeking to advance progressive policy at state and regional level.

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) - Research & Analysis

    Policy research and analysis of emerging regional and national banking and economic trends, and historical studies of deposit insurance from the 1930s.

  • Economic Policy Institute (EPI)

    Nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to  include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.

  • Moody’s Analytics - Dismal Scientist

    Provides real-time coverage of the global economy, including in-depth analysis of 300+ economic indicators events, topics and long term trends.

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis

    Digital resource for seminal documents related to U.S. national economic accounts. BEA is an agency of the Department of Commerce. Along with the Census Bureau and STAT-USA, BEA is part of the Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration. BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation’s economy.

  • Stateline

    Published by The Pew Charitable Trusts, covers key state policy issues: fiscal and economic issues, health care, demographics, and the business of government.