Ann Arbor ranks in the top 10 of Well-Being Cities study

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index conducted a survey between January 2 and December 29 of last year. In the list of Top 10 Metro Areas with Best Overall Well-Being, Ann Arbor was number 8.

And it gets even better. When residents were asked questions about six categories -- Life evaluation, Emotional Health, Work Environment, Physical Health, Healthy Behaviors, and Access to Basic Necessities -- Ann Arbor was #1 (just as it was in 2011) in Life Evaluation (a category that asked participants if they felt they were thriving, struggling, or suffering. Ann Arbor showed improvement over 2011 in their ranking in Basic Access (in 2011, AA was #7; last year, AA was #5).

Ann Arbor lost ground in Emotional Health (in 2011, the score was 13; last year, that number plummeted to 77). There was a dip in perceived Physical Health (2011=12; 2012=21) and Healthy Behavior (2011=36; 2012=54). Area employers may want to pay attention to the change in Ann Arbor's Work Environment score (2011=64; 2012=100).

Two other Michigan cities got good news in this survey.Holland and Grand Haven scored the highest in the Basic Access category.

The complete report can be found here.

Video: Being Homeless In Washtenaw County: A Panel Discussion With The Washtenaw Housing Alliance

Did you know that 2,756 people will experience homelessness within a year in Washtenaw county? 26% are families and 41 people in the county in any given week become homeless. Last February, AADL hosted a panel discussion with the Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA). Watch the video of the panel discussion and learn about the innovative partnerships that have been created to address the need and the next steps needed to end homelessness in our community.

Check out our new Research page

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We've made a few changes to the AADL Research page for better access to our many magazine and research tools. You can browse a new subject listing at the top, quickly scroll through a more detailed ABC listing, or jump right to our most popular magazine database. We'll be featuring a selection of databases in the right-hand column, and from the left-hand menu you can now click on A2 Facts for links to interesting facts and statistics about Tree Town.

Ann Arbor Ranks Fourth in Nation for Racial Disparities in Mortgage Loan Prices

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The National Community Reinvestment Coalition has released a study on racial disparities in high-cost home mortgage loans from more than 219 metropolitan areas. The report is based on 2006 data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The 2006 data is the latest available data. Here is the press release about the study and the full 64 page report.

Today’s Ann Arbor News reports that “Ann Arbor ranked fourth among metropolitan areas in the United States for the most pronounced racial disparities in home mortgage loan prices."

The methodology of this report may receive more scrutiny than the methodology of the more positive rankings the city has received.

State of Ann Arbor's Environment

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More than 60 environmental indicators for Ann Arbor are tracked in the City's State of Environment report. The report is packed with data on topics like air quality, landfills, creeks, sidewalks and renewable energy. This interactive site lets you see the relationship between the goals we, as a community, have set and where we stand in achieving those goals. Don't forget that you can begin positively impacting Tree Town's environment today by walking, biking or busing to work during Curb Your Car Month.

Consumer Price Index (CPI): 12-Month % Change Data

CPI-U (All items, All Urban Consumers)

** See Note

United States Detroit SMSA
CPI-U CPI-U CPI-U CPI-U
1967=100 1982-84=100 1967=100 1982-84=100
Annual Avg. Annual % Change Annual Avg. Annual % Change
1998 488.3 163.0 1.6% 1998 475.0 159.8 2.2%
1999 499.0 166.6 2.2% 1999 487.3 163.9 2.6%
2000 515.8 172.2 3.4% 2000 504.7 169.8 3.6%
2001 530.4 177.1 2.8% 2001 518.4 174.4 2.7%
2002 538.8 179.9 1.6% 2002 531.8 178.9 2.6%
2003 551.1 184.0 2.3% 2003 542.6 182.5 2.0%
2004 565.8 188.9 2.7% 2004 551.2 185.4 1.6%
2005 585.0 195.3 3.4% 2005 567.3 190.8 2.9%
2006 603.9 201.6 3.2% 2006 584.2 196.6 3.0%
2007 621.106 207.342 2.8% 2007 594.866 200.129 1.8%
2008 644.951 215.303 3.8% 2008 608.597 204.748 2.3%
2009 642.658 214.537 -0.4% 2009 604.875 203.496 -0.6%
2010 653.198 218.056 1.6% 2010 635.969 212.870 1.4%
2011 653.198 218.056 1.6% 2011 635.969 212.870 1.4%

2012 Jan 678.988 226.665 2.9% 2012 Jan n.a. n.a. n.a.
February 681.977 227.663 2.9% February 638.581 214.836 3.9%
March 687.157 229.392 2.7% March n.a. n.a. n.a.
April 689.232 230.085 2.3% April 642.619 216.194 2.1%
May 688.232 229.815 1.7% May n.a. n.a. n.a.
June 687.415 229.478 1.7% June 637.477 214.464 0.4%
July 686.294 229.104 1.4% July n.a. n.a. n.a.
August 690.113 230.379 1.7% August 645.307 217.098 1.5%
September 693.192 231.407 2.0% September n.a. n.a. n.a.
October 692.923 231.317 2.2% October 648.296 218.104 2.4%
November 689.639 230.221 1.8% November n.a. n.a. n.a.
December 687.782 229.601 1.7% December 643.733 216.569 1.4%
2012 Avg 687.761 229.594 2.1% 2012 Avg 216.082 2.0%

2013 Jan 689.818 230.280 1.6% 2013 Jan n.a. n.a. n.a.
February 695.467 232.166 2.0% February 650.642 218.893 1.9%
March 697.284 232.773 1.5% March n.a. n.a. n.a.
April 696.561 232.531 1.1% April 650.673 218.904 1.3%
May 697.798 232.945 1.4% May n.a. n.a. n.a.
June 699.473 233.504 1.8% June 658.709 221.607 3.3%
July 699.751 233.596 2.0% July n.a. n.a. n.a.
August 700.593 233.877 1.5% August 653.930 220.000 1.3%
September 701.406 234.149 1.2% September n.a. n.a. n.a.
October 699.601 233.546 1.0% October 652.994 219.685 .7%
November 698.171 233,099 1.2% November n.a. n.a. n.a.
December 698.110 233.069 1.5% December 648.633 218.217 .8%
2013 Avg 687.761 229.594 1.5% 2013 Avg 652.390 219.481 1.6%

2014 Jan 700.710 233.916 1.6% 2014 Jan n.a. n.a. n.a.
February 703.300 234.781 1.1% February 655.464 220.516 0.7%
March 707.830 236.293 1.5% March n.a. n.a. n.a.
April 710.162 237.072 2.0% April 663.817 223.326 2.0%
May 712.642 237.900 2.1% May n.a. n.a. n.a.
June 713.970 238.343 2.1% June 667.254 224.482 1.3%
July July n.a. n.a. n.a.
August August
September September n.a. n.a. n.a.
October October .
November November n.a. n.a. n.a.
December December
2014 Avg 2014 Avg /strong>



*Effective with this release, index levels are now published to three decimal places. Percent changes based on these three-decimal place indexes will contiue to be published to one decimal place.

Source: US Department of Labor Internet Web Site (http://www.bls.gov/cpi/) and News Releases from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. See: (http://www.bls.gov/ro5/ro5cpi08.pdf) for more detailed chart for current month.

This chart compiled by the Access & User Services Department, Ann Arbor District Library **Note: %Change in Annual Average columns is change from the previous Annual Average %Change in the Monthly data change from the same month in the previous year.

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