American Cities Project

American Cities Project



Pew’s American Cities Project conducts original research on three main topics:

  • The fiscal and economic challenges facing cities;
  • The important demographic changes they are undergoing; and 
  • Their short- and long-term ability to deliver core services in the face of tight budgets and heightened needs.


November 11, 2013

America's Big Cities in Volatile Times

 This report examines how America’s big cities navigated the worst U.S. economic downturn since the Great Depression. More
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March 8, 2013

Cities Squeezed by Pension and Retiree Health Care Shortfalls

This brief finds that 30 cities at the center of the nation’s most populous metropolitan areas faced more than $192 billion in unpaid commitments for pensions and other retiree benefits as of fiscal 2009 and are employing a variety of strategies to address these shortfalls.   More

The Local Squeeze

Tough choices lie ahead as leaders look to balance the day-to-day needs of their communities with their long-term prospects. More
March 1, 2013

A Snapshot of American Cities

This interactive graphic provides statistics on the biggest city in the nation's 30 largest metro areas. While every city has a unique set of economic and demographic conditions, they face many common challenges. More
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