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Community Development Data Dashboard

The community development data dashboard provides insight into economic and housing conditions and trends in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. Some data sets are available for LMI neighborhoods, while others provide information for borrowers or households with low or moderate incomes. Often, this kind of information is presented for a city, region, state, or the U.S. as a whole but does not illuminate differences within a given geography. By reporting trends and conditions by income category, this resource can help shed light on whether aggregate statistics for a given geography also reflect the experiences of LMI communities within that geography or whether there are meaningful differences that warrant additional exploration.

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Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Community Development Studies and Education Department
Ten Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1574

(215) 574-6458 – phone
(215) 574-2512 – fax

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  • Community Profiles
  • Data Inventory
  • HMDA Data
  • Rental Housing Data
  • Consumer Credit Data
  • Additional Resources


The Community Development Studies and Education Department has compiled information on each region located within the Third Federal Reserve District and developed a suite of materials that the department calls community profiles. We hope that these profiles are useful for banks and other stakeholders in identifying the credit and investment needs of their communities, the funding sources available to meet those needs, and the organizations providing services to low- and moderate-income communities in each region. The information provided here has been gathered primarily through Internet research and our analysis of American Community Survey data.

Simply click on a metropolitan area in the map, and below, you’ll find a Community at a Glance data report, a link to an interactive map for that area, and a list of community organizations and funding sources operating in that community.

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Altoona Atlantic City-Hammonton Bloomsburg-Berwick Camden Chambersburg-Waynesboro Dover East Stroudsburg Gettysburg Harrisburg-Carlisle Johnstown Lancaster Lebanon Montgomery-Bucks-Chester Ocean City Ocean County Philadelphia Pike County Reading Scranton—Wilkes-Barre—Hazleton State College Sussex County Trenton Vineland-Bridgeton Williamsport Wilmington York-Hanover


Please contact Keith Wardrip E-Mail (215-574-3810) with any questions or to suggest an organization for our lists.

Community Development Data Inventory

The Community Development Data Inventory PDF represents a collection of timely and publicly available data sources that those engaged in community development are sure to find useful in their work. The purpose of this guide is to assist community development stakeholders in navigating the breadth of available data sets and to make these resources user friendly for a broad audience.

The inventory highlights resources that can inform key community development issues and research needs, including demographics, the economy and jobs, housing, and education. For each resource, the guide includes an overview of the data, a description of the methodology and accompanying variables, links to training guides and additional information, and a few illustrations of the resources themselves. This collection is by no means exhaustive and will be updated periodically. If you have questions about any of the resources in this inventory or if you would like to recommend resources to include in future updates, please contact Keith Wardrip E-Mail (215-574-3810).


This research compares mortgage lending patterns in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and among low- and moderate-income borrowers with their middle- and upper-income counterparts. The analysis covers lending between 2004 and 2012 and explores originations and rejection rates for home loans by purpose (e.g., purchase, refinance), type (e.g., conventional, Federal Housing Administration), high-cost lending, oversight by federal regulatory agencies, and lender size. Separate documents are available for the U.S. as a whole and for the Third District of the Federal Reserve System.

Rental Housing Data

Using the most recent data available, this report analyzes trends in rental housing affordability in the Third Federal Reserve District between 2007 and 2012. In addition to looking at rates of housing cost burden for low-income renter households, this analysis evaluates whether the supply of affordable rental units is sufficient to meet the need. See Affordability and Availability of Rental Housing in the Third Federal Reserve District: 2015. PDF

Included in this report is a series of in-depth fact sheets for the Third District, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the following areas:

  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ MSA
  • Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ MSA
  • Dover, DE MSA
  • East Stroudsburg, PA MSA
  • Erie, PA MSA
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA MSA
  • Lancaster, PA MSA
  • Lebanon, PA MSA
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ MSA
  • The City of Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA MSA
  • Reading, PA MSA
  • State College, PA MSA
  • Trenton, NJ MSA
  • York-Hanover, PA MSA

Note: Estimates from reports published by the department in 2010, 2011, and 2012 should not be compared with estimates in this analysis because of the differences in the geographic areas covered, data sets used, and methodologies employed.

Consumer Credit Data

Information from a leading consumer credit bureau has been analyzed based on the income of the consumer’s neighborhood. Learn more about median debt levels, access to credit, and delinquency rates in LMI communities by exploring our analysis of consumer credit data.

Additional Resources

The following resources provide valuable local-level information that can be of use to those who work in community development. With one exception, these resources are not affiliated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.