New Report Reveals What's Good and Bad About Lincoln

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Lincoln, Neb.-- Leaders of Lincoln's largest public and private charitable organizations, along with city and county officials released a comprehensive review of key indicators to determine current conditions and to help guide the future of the city.

The group met Thursday morning to listen to a presentation and talk about Lincoln Vital Signs 2014, the new research unveiled. There were 400 people in attendance.

Leaders say the study is intended to generate conversations and spur collaboration throughout the community.

The study was assembled by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. It is based on existing research and data related to the following areas: Community Profile, Economy and Workforce, Basic Needs, Education, Health, Safety and Community Involvement.

The report shows Lincoln is a growing city with a strong economy, highly educated workforce, strong public school system, good health outcomes, and effective civic services.

It notes Lincoln's population has grown 16 percent since 2000, has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, has a high ratio of workers with college degrees and a low violent crime rate compared to comparable-sized cities.

However, the report says a growing proportion of Lincoln's population is facing real needs. The number of people living below the poverty threshold has increased by 48 percent since 2005.

There are now 12,500 children living in poverty, a number that has doubled since 2008, and Lincoln's per capital income trails the national average.

The following coalition of organizations funded the study.
-Abel Foundation
-City if Lincoln
-Community Health Endowment
-Cooper Foundation
-Educare of Lincoln
-Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools
-Lancaster County
-Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development
-Lincoln Community Foundation
-Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
-United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County
-University of Nebraska Foundation
-Woods Charitable Fund