Assessing Change in Ohio’s Older Industrial Cities

March 1, 2008

Funding: The Brookings Institution

Summary:  The purpose of this study was to assist Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program in examining the changing fortunes of Ohio’s older industrial cities since 1950.  The research traced decade by decade change in population, economic well-being, and industrial structure from 1950 onwards of Ohio cities that had a population of at least 20,000 as of 1950.  In addition, using the methodology developed for the prior national weak market study conducted by GWIPP for Brookings, we identified indicators of urban condition and performance and employed these indicators to develop a typology that places Ohio cities in categories of weak, moderate, and strong performers in an Ohio context.



Hal Wolman - Research Professor