community outlook survey

Since 2010, the Regional & Community Outreach department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has been surveying community development corporations, economic development agencies, banks, and other community leaders across New England to get a sense of emerging issues. The New England Community Outlook Survey is one of several similar surveys around the Federal Reserve System. The survey helps the Boston Fed's Regional & Community Outreach department refine its efforts to improve the economic strength of lower-income people and communities in the six New England states.

After each survey, the Boston Fed publishes a report highlighting the many lessons learned. The report also delves into themes that stand out, and uses secondary sources to identify possible explanations or motivations for those emerging themes. Themes that have been highlighted in the past include urban, rural, and suburban poverty, as well as the social and economic effects of increasing drug abuse.

Community leaders interested in becoming a part of these surveys may contact Kaili Mauricio or Anthony Poore.

Current Report: August 2015

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston conducted its semiannual New England Community Outlook Survey in April 2015. As before, the survey covered topics ranging from the availability of credit for small businesses to emerging issues facing lower-income communities. This time the survey included additional questions on workforce development, student debt and the availability of jobs in respondents' communities. 


About the Survey

Top Challenges Facing Lower-Income Communities

Future of Jobs

Future of New England


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Community Outlook Survey

Current Survey

Prior Surveys
2015: March
2014: January | August
2013: July
2012: Q1
2011: Q2 | Q3 | Q4

Contacts and Feedback:
Anthony Poore

Kaili Mauricio

link to community outlook survey registration