Surveys

June 29, 2016, 12pm PDT
A new survey finds that many Americans are still extremely pessimistic about the state of the housing market—many even believe that the worst of the mortgage foreclosure crisis that began in 2008 is yet to come.
CityLab
May 2, 2016, 1pm PDT
The headline from Politico's recent survey of mayors says it all: mayors fear that there will be more public health disasters like Flint to come if the nation doesn't coordinate to prioritize infrastructure.
Politico Magazine
February 3, 2016, 6am PST
The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently released the results of the 2015 Menino Survey of Mayors, which finds political support for bike lanes has reached the highest ranks of local government.
People for Bikes
January 14, 2016, 9am PST
By using the data provided by millions of Twitter users, two researchers discovered surprising insights into public sentiment in shrinking cities.
At Lincoln House
December 21, 2015, 7am PST
According to a wide-ranging poll conducted by the Detroit Free Press, residents have regained some optimism about their city and its management. Sixty-nine percent said Detroit is headed in the right direction.
Detroit Free Press
October 21, 2015, 1pm PDT
Conventional planning think says that mixed-income development benefits low-income neighborhoods. But a survey finds that residents of public housing in New York don't agree—rather, they feel left behind by newcomers to the neighborhood.
New York Daily News
July 6, 2015, 12pm PDT
San Francisco and the Bay Area, known for their exorbitant housing prices and not unrelated, strong NIMBY attitudes, could be softening their opposition toward increasing density in their neighborhoods.
San Jose Mercury News
May 12, 2015, 8am PDT
With the recently released America in 2015 report, the Urban Land Institute undertakes a broad survey to discover what Americans are looking for in their communities.
Next City
April 24, 2015, 6am PDT
A survey finds that increasing numbers of Americans did not participate in any physical activities in the last year. At least one feature of the build environment—access to school gyms—is blamed.
The Wall Street Journal
April 21, 2015, 1pm PDT
A Five Thirty Eight article reveals the data on the ubiquity, and relative lack thereof in certain populations, of the ability to ride a bike.
Five Thirty Eight
February 28, 2015, 7am PST
If there's a solid take-away from the California Field Poll, it is not to ask residents how they feel about raising gas taxes, or any one option for that matter. Rather, offer a menu of funding alternatives and the results become more meaningful.
Sacramento Bee
September 8, 2014, 11am PDT
A study finds that most drivers disregard for the rights of pedestrians to cross the road. Visual cues, however, provided by street design, greatly increase the likelihood that drivers will yield.
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2014, 11am PDT
The results of a survey commissioned by Sasaki Associates reveal key insights into what makes cities great for those who love them, as well as where planners and urban designers should focus their efforts in improving the urban experience.
ASLA The Dirt
Blog post
May 11, 2012, 9am PDT

People love statistics. They let us understanding the world beyond our own senses. USA Todaypublishes a daily Snapshotwhich presents a graph of random statistics. Sports talk and business analysis are dominated by statistics. We measure our progress, or lack thereof, and compare ourselves with others, based on statistics about our size, activities and accomplishments.

Todd Litman
October 17, 2011, 10am PDT
A new survey found that 64% of Americans think that the relationship between local officials and developers makes the approval process unfair.
The Saint Index
March 21, 2011, 7am PDT
A new poll of California residents finds that perceived quality of life in the state has dropped.
San Francisco Chronicle
February 17, 2011, 12pm PST
A new survey shows that the majority of Americans place high value on transportation projects, but even more of them say they're not willing to pay any more for it than they already do.
The Washington Post
January 14, 2011, 10am PST
Surveys show that those born between 1980 and the early 2000s want to live in an urban setting -- and not in a humongous house.
The Wall Street Journal
October 27, 2010, 6am PDT
Participation rates for the 2010 Census have been released, and the national average of 74% matches that of the previous Census in 2000.
The New Republic
March 26, 2010, 6am PDT
Through a survey of New York City taxis with GPS tracking devices, the city has created a database of speeds and routes that gives them a clear picture of the state of traffic in the city.
The New York Times