Which U.S. metro region is most likely to come out of the next economic recession, natural disaster or other regional “shock” relatively unscathed?
According to new research at the University at Buffalo, Washington, D.C, is a very good place to be, while major cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and Pittsburgh also fare well on the list–but Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas do not.
Rochester, Minnesota, tops the list. However, College Station-Bryan, Texas, would not be so lucky. As the release below indicates, these two regions are ranked first and last, respectively, by a new online tool measuring more than 360 U.S. metros for their “regional resilience,” or capacity to weather acute and chronic stresses ranging from gradual economic decline to rapid population gains to earthquakes and floods.
The Resilience Capacity Index (RCI), developed by Kathryn A. Foster, director of the Regional Institute, a research and public policy center of the University at Buffalo, produces a single statistic for each region based on its performance across 12 economic, socio-demographic and community connectivity indicators. Foster developed the index as part of Building Resilient Regions, a national network of experts on metropolitan regions funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered by UC Berkeley. (Read More . . .)