Polis Institute releases 2021 Central Florida neighborhood data

June 9, 2022 CONRIC PR

Polis Institute, which generates economic and racial equity in cities across the nation, is proud to launch its 2021 Neighborhood Opportunity Index (NOI), granting free public access to this valuable information.

The Neighborhood Opportunity Index dashboard was developed by researchers at Polis Institute. The NOI gives essential data for 1,766 neighborhoods across the seven counties of Central Florida. The dashboard will benefit decision makers from philanthropists and policy makers to residents and real estate developers alike.

The dashboard metrics cover Volusia, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Polk, Osceola, and Brevard counties, and complement those in the Orlando Prosperity Scorecard to give a detailed picture of how broad-based prosperity is distributed throughout the region.

The NOI dives deeper than zip codes, offering the power to zoom into individual neighborhoods. Each is given a rank from 1 to 10, with scores closer to one representing areas of greater opportunity.

The information available through this easy-to-use online resource is typically gathered by research organizations and offered to government and business entities at a cost. Through a collaboration with the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP), the Polis Institute is able to open public access to the NOI dashboard. The Polis Institute believes that by connecting big data to small places, great impacts are possible.

“We are so grateful to be able to provide open access to this data with the support of the Orlando Economic Partnership. By putting meaningful information in the hands of the public, people can make data-driven decisions for their businesses, their families and their communities,” said Dr. Bahiyyah Maroon, Chief Executive Officer at Polis Institute. “Our work is transferring knowledge directly into neighborhoods. It ensures that people closest to the issues are engaged and invested in real solutions and sustainable outcomes that form more resilient, flourishing, and equitable communities.”

Data is also available for every neighborhood, including median household income; median disposable income; workforce and unemployment rates; personal and property crime indexes; annual health insurance, prescription, and household spending; percent of income going to mortgages; owner occupied homes; and percentage of high school and college graduates.

This online tool is a tremendous resource that engages directly with the people in these communities as well as organizations and local governments working in the same neighborhoods,” said Dr. Maroon. “Over time, this data driven model will measure the impact their efforts have in driving lasting change through improvement and sustainability.”

Initially launched in 2019, the NOI is a trusted, non-biased source of information that will continue to be updated to monitor and reflect progress in each neighborhood. The Polis Institute is also working to bring on partners who can provide additional layers of meaningful data to the NOI.

Polis is a 501c3 nonprofit research and engagement institute serving the social good. The Polis Institute’s IDEAL method gives philanthropic, government, and business-based changemakers digital tools to tell stories and track impact in ways that uplift, inspire, and inform. For more information, please visit growopportunity.org.


About Polis Institute

Polis Institute, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, collaborates with national and local partners to deliver community development solutions that work. As a research institute, Polis ensures every voice in every community has the opportunity to be heard and valued. Polis Institute creates community solutions in health equity, economic mobility, housing access, and education-to-career pathways that sustainably creates a better future for all residents. Polis Institute has been recognized for its positive impact nationally and locally. The Institute’s work in Eatonville, Fla. was named in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Award in 2018. CEO, Dr. Bahiyyah Maroon was also named a top ten innovator in the United States for her groundbreaker social science work. For more information, please call 866-757-1334 or visit https://GrowOpportunity.org/.

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