The Purdue Center for Regional Development and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs have unveiled the Rural Indiana Stats website. The platform provides various data on all 92 Indiana counties which OCRA says can be used by local leaders to boost development.
Purdue says individuals agencies and organizations throughout the state have access to more than 80 county-level variables, such as county geographic typologies, housing characteristics, local government fiscal information and socioeconomic characteristics. OCRA Executive Director Bill Konyha says local officials can use the data to guide community and economic development investments.
"Rural Indiana Stats offers users important options that are not typically available on data sites," says Bo Beaulieu, the director for Purdue’s regional development center. "These include the ability to compare information on two user-selected counties at the same time, the capacity to visualize data using the online mapping option, and the ability to export data and images for use in reports or other user-defined documents."
The website also includes community vitality indicators, which are "a mix of six metrics that OCRA is encouraging counties to use to track their socioeconomic progress over time," according to Purdue. You can learn more about the Rural Indiana Stats site by clicking here.
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