CNY Vitals is an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation. This ‘state of the community’ website provides a common source of data and interactive visualizations on critical topics that affect the health and progress of our region in order to inform community members, spur discussion, identify emerging issues and plan community investments. CNY Vitals analyzes and tracks data points on topics including the economy, housing, health, demographics, poverty and education in Onondaga, Madison, Cayuga, Cortland and Oswego counties — the five counties in which the Community Foundation and its donors support communities and initiatives. Visualizations were custom-designed by Data Wheel, a data visualization company that strives to make the world’s information accessible and digestible for the benefit of all.
About CNY VitalsVisualizing our community with data.
Why Local Data Matters
CNY Vitals aggregates and monitors local information that tells the story of Central New York. By analyzing and then planning action from a common set of data, we can work together to measure our progress and transform our region for the better. The purpose of CNY Vitals is to:
- Present an accurate, up-to-date picture of our community.
- Prompt discussions amongst community members, leaders and organizations.
- Monitor the community’s well-being over time and visualize whether it is improving, declining or staying the same.
- Help target resources and monitor the impact of our collective efforts toward addressing emerging challenges and community priorities.
- Serve as a platform to encourage further research into community needs.
- Inform residents and encourage them to take part in community change.
The data contained in this site draws from a variety of sources, including the US Census Bureau American Community Survey, the US Department of Labor, the Syracuse City School District and the New York State Education Department Report Card Database.
How You Can Use CNY Vitals
Visitors to CNY Vitals can:
- Interact with data visualizations and regional maps to see trends over time.
- View statistics for each county and their five largest cities — Syracuse, Oneida, Oswego, Auburn and Cortland.
- Download graphs as image files.
- Embed interactive data visualizations for sharing on a website or social media platforms.
- Connect the presented data to real people and their everyday lives through narratives and stories.
- Read timely announcements of local news, research or efforts pertaining to local data.
- Download the raw data for each indicator in a variety of formats.
- Connect current data to apps, maps, widgets, and other programs via API.
In addition, CNY Vitals Pro, the specialized arm of CNY Vitals designed for grant writers, researchers, community organizers and data professionals, offers the ability to drill down into local information by smaller segments for all neighborhoods in the five-county region.
Visitors to CNY Vitals Pro can:
- Compare indicators at the local, state and national level.
- Drill down to view statistics at the town, zip code or census tract level.
- Examine trendlines to determine where we are doing better, what is staying the same and what needs more work.
The Central New York Community Foundation’s
Commitment to Local Data
Data is a guiding element of the Community Foundation’s work in Central New York. For decades, we have used local data to spot regional trends and direct our funding priorities. Now, through CNY Vitals, we are able to provide residents with access to the same consolidated data on key indicators through elegant and intuitive visualizations, so that we can measure progress and plan action together.
In addition to CNY Vitals, the Community Foundation has supported the development of complementary websites such as HealtheCNY and DataCuse that help nonprofit organizations and municipalities make their internal data public. In addition, our Performance Management Learning Community helps nonprofit agencies measure their impact in order to improve services and make them more competitive for new funding opportunities. We also participate in a Community Data Group, a coalition of social sector members who share ideas and data and coordinate efforts to help our community improve more effectively than working alone.
The Central New York Community Foundation
Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $226 million. It awarded $14 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $170 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.