Issue Brief: Using Data Tools to Compare Regional Economic Well-Being in California

Report #270, November 2022


In the spring of 2022, the Little Hoover Commission launched a study on equitable regional economic development, which focuses on California’s efforts to close regional disparities and promote greater prosperity across the state. This Issue Brief –which was produced as part of the Commission’s study– surveys 11 data tools that measure and analyze how people and places are doing across California based on various indicators for economic, social, physical, and environmental well-being. The Commission further discusses how these tools can influence understanding of how well regions are doing and of the extent of disparities between them.

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