What are Vital Signs?

Vital Signs are groups of related data points compiled from a variety of reliable sources that “take the pulse” of Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Each Vital Sign comprises a set of data which, taken together, form a picture of any given neighborhood’s quality of life and overall health.

The Vital Signs help BNIA, community members, decision makers, and funders to measure progress towards meaningful, positive outcomes at the community level, and measure needs in specific and actionable ways.

Below you will find links to the full data tables for each Vital Sign, which can also be downloaded in spreadsheet or PDF format. If you are focusing on a single community, you may wish to view all vital signs for that neighborhood–which you can do here .

How Can I Use This Data?

Vital Signs data include more than 150 indicators related to demographics, housing, crime, workforce, health, housing, education, and sustainability. These indicators can be compared to one another, on a community-by-community basis, or to the whole of Baltimore City.

The data is an open-source and available for others to use for their integral needs. Whether it is personal projects, mapping tools, software, student projects, individual and organizational research, articles and blog posts, BNIA has you covered. Community members and leaders may find it most useful to examine their community’s data in context to the city or adjacent communities to assess the areas of most need and progress.

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There are over 150 indicators for each of Baltimore City’s 55 communities, which means that there are more than 8,000 data points are in Vital Signs 17. Interesting facts and trends, graphics and community rankings are all included in the sections. > Start exploring the report


View a YouTube video on how you can access the Vital Signs data on this website.


The geographic level at which data is provided is important to understand. Wherever possible, Vital Signs uses Community Statistical Areas (CSAs) as the geographic level for which data is provided. CSAs are clusters of neighborhoods and are organized around Census tract boundaries, which are consistent statistical boundaries. In some cases, CSA boundaries may cross neighborhood boundaries. There are 55 CSAs in Baltimore City. Neighborhood lines often do not fall along CSA boundaries, but CSAs are representations of the conditions occurring within those particular neighborhoods. The CSAs were originally created in 2002 and were revised for Vital Signs 10 using new 2010 Census Tract boundaries.




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