Measuring Up

Overall Performance

My Neighborhood Statistics
This allows users, by typing in an address or an intersection, to view an array of statistics on a specific area, including data on 311 calls and information on health, education, infrastructure, public safety, business and culture

Mayor's Management Report
A public report card, released twice a year by the mayor's office, on city services.

Crime

Felony Statistics

Figures for seven major crimes for the last week, month and year citywide and by borough and police precincts. The statistics also provide a historical perspective, indicating how much the incidence of crimes has changed since 1990.

Demographic

Community District Profiles
Portraits, each about 35 pages long, of each community district in the city, based on the 2000 census and broken it down by census tract. Some information is updated to 2003; other charts compare the figures for 1990 and 2000. It also lists community facilities, such as schools, libraries and hospitals.

American Community Survey
Essentially a 2005 update of the 2000 census, providing information for community districts with at least 100,000 people.

Education

Annual School Reports
The Department of Education offers lengthy report cards on each of its schools, including information on the student body, test scores, teachers and security. Unfortunately, though, accessing the information is cumbersome and currently is only available through the 2004-05 school year.

Results of 2006 Standardized Math Tests
Scores, broken down by school district, country and individual school, on the 2006 state math test given to all public school students in grades three through eight.

Results of the 2005-2005 Standardized English Test
Scores, broken down by school district, country and individual school, on the state English language arts test given to all public school students in grades three through eight in the 2005-2006 academic year.

Standardized Test Results

Scores by school for the city and statewide standardized English language and math tests given to grades three through eight in the 2004-05 academic year.

Inside Schools
This website, published by Advocates for Children, offers independent review of every city public school, with basic numbers, a narrative write-up and comments from parents, students and others.

Finance

City Budgets
A summary of 25 years of city spending, revenue, staffing, and related budgetary data released by the independent Budget Office. The data cover fiscal years 1980-2005 and include summaries of spending by each city agency; revenue from different sources; state and federal aid; and staffing by agency.

Health

NYC Community Health Profiles
NYC Community Health Profiles gives the visitor the chance to look at health reports that focus on their community, whether it‚s Central Bronx or Jamaica, Queens.

Vital Signs
Vital Signs is a list of reports on various diseases and health issues that face New York City such as diabetes, cervical cancer, asthma and obesity.

Housing

State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods 2005
This report by NYUís Furman Center compiles statistics on housing, demographics and quality of life in New York Cityís neighborhoods. It also provides information on how the City and its community districts have changed in recent years, both in absolute terms and in relation to other areas of the City.

New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey
While its primary goal is to get information that can be used to evaluate rent control laws, the survey includes a range of demographic and other information. It is based on a series of questions on housing and its cost asked of an adult in each of about 18,000 homes.

Parks

Parks Inspection Program
The city program involves 5,000 parks inspections a year, rating the facilities on cleanliness, landscape and structural features.

Park StatPlus
This program uses the results of the inspections to try to improve conditions in city parks.

Report Card on Parks
A rating by New Yorkers for Parks based on eight park features, and an independent assessment of New York City's neighborhood parks from whether the drinking fountain works to the quality of playground safety surfacing.

Progress Report on Neighborhood Parks
These report returns to neighborhood parks ranked best and worst by New Yorker for Parks to see what has improved and what has not.

Urban Parkland
The Trust for Public Land compares New York to other American city on a variety of parks issues, including percentage of land devoted to parks and spending on parks. One tidbit: New York has the countryís most visited city park ñ Central Park.

Social Services

The Poverty Report
This report by the Mayorís Commission for Economic Opportunity, includes a "snapshot" of poverty in the city over 1.5 million New Yorkers live below the poverty line; many of the poor are children; many poor adults are employed, etc. ñ and some recommendations.

Transportation

New York City Buses
The advocacy group, the Straphangers Campaign, rates New York City's busses for "pokiness" and unreliability.

Subways Report Card
The advocacy group Straphangers Campaign rates subways on six measures of service, based on recent data from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The measures are: amount of scheduled service and regularity of train arrivals; mechanical failures; chance of getting a seat; cleanliness of subway car floors and seats; and adequacy of announcements.

What Other Cities Are Doing

Citistat
Based on New York's Compstat, Baltimore's program now tracks information about every aspect of its city government.