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Social Progress Index: San Jose

We have officially launched the Social Progress Index for San Jose, California. Developed in close partnership with the City of San Jose Mayor's Office of Strategic Initiatives and Budget, Skoll Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Wipfli and Microsoft, the Social Progress Index for San Jose is the first US city-level index to be developed and … Continue reading Social Progress Index: San Jose

Where Wealth May Not Matter: Inclusion in the Bay Area

Start-up Investment (in billions of USD) in the major hubs in the world. Data from CB Insights. This week, in our latest series of blog posts on the data from the Social Progress Index (SPI) for California (CA) Counties, we are honing in on the Bay Area and the particular areas of social progress on … Continue reading Where Wealth May Not Matter: Inclusion in the Bay Area

California Counties: Struggling Beyond Basic Human Needs

The Social Progress Imperative’s latest series of blogs are centered around the state of California and how it serves as a stark reminder that GDP is not destiny. Last week’s post,  Are the Young (and Younger) Getting Left Behind in California?, analyzed the relationship between social progress and age in the state and found some … Continue reading California Counties: Struggling Beyond Basic Human Needs

Are the Young (and Younger) Getting Left Behind in California?

California is often thought of as a mecca for well-educated, driven, and tech-savvy young people. With access to large companies and start-ups, beaches and mountains, and the world’s 5th largest economy, it’s not hard to see why. Yet lurking behind the Golden State’s influx of rising professionals is a gloomier picture of life for California’s … Continue reading Are the Young (and Younger) Getting Left Behind in California?

Zooming in on California’s Housing Crisis with the Social Progress Index for California Counties

In the 2018 Social Progress Index (SPI): US States California ranked 33rd (45.53/100 points) out of the 50 states. While California is often perceived to be more progressive, this ranking highlights the need to decouple economic indicators from those of social progress. Despite being the fifth largest economy in the world, and the largest state … Continue reading Zooming in on California’s Housing Crisis with the Social Progress Index for California Counties

Social Progress challenges faced across Southern California

In the Social Progress Index: California counties, limited Shelter, low inclusiveness and poor environmental quality summarize the results of Southern California. Orange, San Diego and Ventura are the three top performing counties in the region. Orange and Ventura, ranked 6th and 10th respectively, are the only two Southern California counties in the overall top 10 … Continue reading Social Progress challenges faced across Southern California

Announcing the Social Progress Index: California Counties

We are excited to announce for release the Social Progress Index: California Counties, the first-of-its-kind, county-by-county assessment of social progress within a US state. Why California? In April 2018, we published the Social Progress Index for the US 50 states. California ranked only 33rd – a remarkably poor result for the nation’s largest (and world’s … Continue reading Announcing the Social Progress Index: California Counties