About Us:

Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive decision-making that strengthens communities in Southeast Michigan.

New Data Portal Design

By looking at best practices from other organizations and taking lessons learned from our own implementation, we’ve created a new data portal front page that is more aesthetically pleasing, simpler to navigate and more intuitive.

As one of the very first implementations of the ArcGIS Open Data platform, the D3 data portal [Read on...]

New Analysis Ranks States, Finds 12 Top Exceed 30 Percent for Obesity; Michigan Ranks 5th Highest

by Kurt Metzger, Director

Twelve states currently have an adult obesity rate above 30 percent, according to a new analysis released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) earlier this week (8/14/12). The analysis used the state obesity rates released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and [Read on...]

Kurt on Michigan Moving Data

By Louis Bach, Communications

Source: Bridge Magazine

If you enjoyed Rob’s analysis of Michigan moving data, be sure to check out Kurt’s article on that data in Bridge Magazine. Kurt fact-checks statements that Governor Snyder made during his 2012 State of the State Address. Snyder claimed that Michigan’s net migration had [Read on...]

For every Michigan voter, three sat out the primaries

Where have all the voters gone?

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced that nearly 1.7 million voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary, based on unofficial returns.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to cast a ballot,” said Land, Michigan’s chief election officer. “Turnout mirrored our projection of nearly 1.7 [Read on...]

A Poll With Promise: What one study says about our hope for the future

Detroit has become the poster-child for a 21st Century, post-industrial region searching for a future. We are under the microscopes of the media, the federal government, the academic and research communities, national and local foundations, and ordinary residents. While we don’t always take kindly to what others have to say about us, we need to [Read on...]

Michigan Population Stats: We would have lost more, but there was nowhere to run


The Census Bureau released new population estimates this morning. Here is my analysis of what it means for Michigan.

Michigan loses population between 2008 and 2009 for 4th straight year – second largest amount (32,759) [Read on...]

Educators should count on data

Staying ahead of the numbers can help schools save critical programs

Today I read this headline in the Detroit Free Press: “School districts study enrollment drops.” The article talked about how school officials in Southfield and Romulus have created committees to study their shrinking student populations and to consider the ramifications. Will they have [Read on...]