Kid Friendly Cities: Report Card 2001

239 Good Ideas from 239 Cities
The latest Kid-Friendly Report. How people all over America are making our cities more kid-friendly.
New Kid Friendly Cities Health Improvement Report Card looks at improvement in kid's health indicators between 1990 and 1998 for all Major Cities and Independent Cities. Atlanta, Washington, and Detroit top the list.

by Congressman David Wu of Portland, Oregon

Talking Points
by Peter H. Kostmayer, President
Information on talking to the public and media about the Report Card

Introduction to the 2001 Kid-Friendly Cities Report Card
by Radhika Sarin, Principal Researcher

The Real Test: Life in the Majors
by Bruce Adams
An expert on community collaboration says: "Healthy communities are less about government structure and more about building relationships."

Healthy Cities and Healthy Parks - We can have both!
by Peter Harnik
Which comes first, the healthy city of the healthy park? A noted parks expert addresses the question.

A Comeback City - For Kids
by Neal R. Peirce
America's foremost urbanologist reports on efforts in Philadelphia are underway to improve the lives of kids.

Kid-Friendly Cities Benefit the Planet, Too!
by Molly O'Meara Sheehan
A distinguished environmental researcher provides insight into what makes a city kid-friendly.

by Radhika Sarin
How we assigned grades and ranks

Statistical Analysis Pie charts and graphs

Frequently Asked Questions about the Report Card

Look for your city!
Type in your city's name to search for it in our database. Or look your city up in our alphabetical index.

Major Cities Ranking 2001

Major Cities
We define a "Major City" as the main city in an MSA (metropolitan statistical area) that contains at least 2 million people.

Component Cities
They are called "suburbs," "edge cities," "outer cities," "exurbs" or just "The 'burbs."

Independent Cities
Independent Cities are cities with populations of 100,000 or greater, and are the main cities of MSAs of less than 2 million people.

National Averages
Averages for all Ranked and Unranked indicators used in the study.

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