October 25, 2019

What data can tell us about Southern Arizona’s economic well-being

The MAP Dashboard measures the Tucson metro's performance in 36 socioeconomic indicators.

Data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and other agencies can indicate the well-being of a community. In Southern Arizona, an online research project known as the MAP Dashboard makes similar findings. The University of Arizona Eller College of Management launched the project in late 2014, and it tracks 36 socioeconomic indicators that the public can view. Senior research economist Jennifer Pullen explained what the information tells us about the Tucson metro’s economy.

“The data has shown that Tucson has been improving, especially since the Great Recession,” Pullen said. “Another thing the MAP really pointed out for the Tucson region compared to some of the other regions around the western U.S. was just how hard hit the Tucson metropolitan area was by the Great Recession.”

You can view the MAP Dashboard here.

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