City Health Dashboard

JPG image of city health dashboard


Want to know about the health and conditions that affect health in Grand Rapids? We're excited to share with you the City Health Dashboard, developed by New York University (NYU) School of Medicine!

This web-based data visualization tool displays city- and neighborhood-level data on health and conditions that affect health such as housing affordability and access to nutritious foods. 

Check out the City Health Dashboard to compare Grand Rapids to other cities' health. You can even compare health metric scores across each of the U.S. Census tracts in Grand Rapids!

Use the Dashboard

Looking to do your own analysis? You can request the data behind the City Health Dashboard online.

They'll ask for some basic information about you and what you are using the data for. It only takes a couple minutes.

Request Data


  • Open the dashboard
  • Select a city (Grand Rapids, of course!)
  • Select a metric. These are factors related to health
  • Explore the metrics by opening each accordion panel to show you each of the individual factors
  • Click the blue right-facing arrow to the right of the metric you're interested in. This will open the city view showing you how Grand Rapids scores
  • Check out the scale to see how we compare to the 500 city average
  • Hover over the map to see our score. Some metrics have city-wide data and only one score for Grand Rapids. Others have scores for each census tract

There’s a saying: what gets measured gets done. But when it comes to measuring and improving health, it’s often hard to find rigorous data that show what’s happening at the neighborhood and city level. City Health Dashboard data on the nation’s 500 largest cities helps to close this data gap.

We all have a role to play to improve health and well-being in our communities. The City Health Dashboard helps communities take action and drive change to improve the health and well-being of everyone.

Health metrics

The City Health Dashboard encompasses data on health metrics in the 500 most populous cities in the U.S. You can compare Grand Rapids' data to the national average on a citywide level and at the census tract level (for many metrics). Exploring health in Grand Rapids is easy. You can view data on metrics related to:
  • Social and economic factors
  • Physical environment
  • Health outcomes
  • Health behavior
  • Clinical care

The City Health Dashboard (CHDB) was created by the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine, in partnership with:

  • NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • The National Resource Network
  • ICMA
  • The National League of Cities

The CHDB expanded from four to 500 cities with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.