Rankings for Indianapolis, Indiana provide snapshots, not guidance

May 18, 2004

In a report released in May, John Kirlin, senior scholar at the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, analyzes the use of rankings and indexes to compare the Indianapolis region and Indiana with similar areas.

The report is part of an ongoing study at the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment to compare Central Indiana and the state with similar regions.

“Rankings are popular and receive media attention because the public wants to know how their city and state compare—they can influence public perceptions and decisions about where to live or invest,” Kirlin said. Kirlin looked at more than 50 rankings and indexes.