Community Snapshot

These 47 counties hold the nation’s largest cities, from New York to Nashville, and they are densely packed: 99% of the population lives in urban places as defined by the Census.

Big Cities house about 78 million of the U.S. population. The median household income is about $58,742 here, often with large pockets of poverty as well as pockets of wealth. Crime is much more prevalent here than in other community types, with violent crime rates per 100,000 people averaging 673, nearly 300 more than the national average. Big Cities are among the most educated community types with about 35% holding bachelor’s degrees.

College Education

35% Have a bachelor's degree

Vol. 3 2020-2021

Deaths of Despair Across America

The American Communities Project is undertaking a 30-month study of Deaths of Despair in its 15 community types.

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