The Common Community Scorecard
Defining Excellence in Community Performance
Consistent use of community metrics allows communities to establish priorities and guide and measure improvement. The indicators that form part of the Common Community Scorecard is a resource that provides comparisons amongst communities to compliment existing measures. This resource is part of a broader tool kit that can help establish or support your community balanced scorecard.
The five indicators have been chosen based on their long-term impact measurement and free access to data by any community in the United States, regardless of population size. They are a sampling of the highest-level indicators that demonstrate the interconnected and interdependent nature of the four core areas of communities: Health and Safety, Educational Attainment, Economic Vitality, and Quality of Life. In addition, the five indicators selected meet the following key criteria:
- Available at the neighborhood level (Census tract)
- Connects to other indicators
- Measure meaningful dimensions of community life, universal to all communities
- Derived from a credible data source
- Updated at consistent intervals
- Comparable at the local, state, and national level
The Five Indicators
|Education||High School Graduation Rate|
|Economy||Median Household Income|
|Quality of Life: Social and Community||Mental Health Status|
|Quality of Life: Housing||Homes with Suboptimal Conditions|
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How to Access the Indicators
Data for each indicator can be accessed two ways:
Each indicator has a dedicated webpage. Adjustable filters will allow you to obtain the desired data. Instructions on how to use the Interactive Dashboards are available for each indicator. Click on the links below to access the Interactive Dashboards.
Education | High School Graduation Rate
Economy | Median Household Income (under construction)
Quality of Life: Social and Community | Mental Health Status (under construction)
Quality of Life: Housing | Homes with Suboptimal Conditions (under construction)
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COMMON COMMUNITY SCORECARD TOOLKIT
Instructions for Accessing and Using Data Sources
This workbook, part of the Common Community Scorecard Toolkit, is a companion to the Communities of Excellence Framework and is designed to help you get to know your community’s story and understand its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. This tool contains detailed instructions for accessing the data sources for each universal metric, as well as charts and graphs to assist with data visualization. You are also not required to use this. It is simply a suggested working document that will provide you with the content needed for your National Learning Collaborative share outs of progress, community engagement communications, and annual applications to Communities of Excellence 2026 for feedback through the Assessment & Recognition Program.
INSTRUCTIONS: A worksheet is provided for each of the five universal metrics. Select the tab for the metric you wish to update and follow the instructions provided. For each metric a fully customizable data table and graph are provided, as well as the link to data source and detailed directions to access the data for your community.