Local media highlight Community Vitality Index findings

January 07, 2016

The Institute recently released the Community Vitality Index, the latest brief of the Thriving Communities, Thriving State project. The brief highlights Indiana counties experiencing disparities as some show relative strength in personal and economic well-being while their counterparts struggle.

Statewide media recently featured some of the Institute's findings. In an editorial, The Herald Bulletin mentioned that Madison County rated in the bottom 30 for obesity, life expectancy and median household income. TristateHomepage.com noted that the Community Index considered Evansville a "thriving region that benefits surrounding counties and the state as a whole." The Daily Journal also wrote a story on the well-being of residents in Johnson County. According to the Community Index, Johnson County ranks in the top 10 best statewide.

John Marron, senior policy analyst, replicated a similar national index conducted by The New York Times in 2014.

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