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Here's How State of Place Works

State of place Index & Profile

State of Place calculates an area’s quality of place based on 290+ built environment features, such as street trees, sidewalks, and benches, collected at the block level, and aggregates that into the State of Place Index, a score from 0 to 100. It indicates how walkable - convenient, safe, dynamic and livable - a block, group of blocks, or neighborhood is. 

Cities can identify their assets and needs based on their Profile - a breakdown of their Index along ten urban design dimensions empirically known to impact people’s perceptions of walkability and quality of place. 


  • Accurate, robust measure of walkability that captures aspects of the built environment related to convenience, safety, comfort, and pleasurability as opposed to existing walkability measures that focus solely on density of destinations.

  • Facilitates the objective assessment of built environment assets and needs and highlights areas to target for potential redevelopment or intervention.

Learn more about State of Place Index here.

Example of the State of Place Index and Profile

Example of the State of Place Index and Profile


Cities can generate evidence-based urban design priorities most likely to maximize the bang for their buck, given their existing conditions, their livability and economic development goals, and the feasibility of making certain changes over others. 


  • Maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of both human and financial resource allocation toward achieving walkability and economic development goals;
  • Establishes an accountable, transparent, and robust decision-making process.

Example of the Prioritization

Example of the Prioritization

Scenario Analysis

Cities can run  Scenario Analyses to quantify how a development project would increase the Index and also identify proposals with the biggest impact. 


  • Delivers objective method of assessing built environment impact of proposed development projects;

  • Maximizes the walkability of project area;

  • Creates objective, quantitative marketing message to help attract tenants, residents, and firms.

Example of the Scenario Analysis

Example of the Scenario Analysis

Forecast analysis

Cities can forecast the estimated economic premiums of their proposed projects, including retail, residential, and office rents, retail revenues, and residential for-sale values.


  • Convince external stakeholders (including potential tenants, developers, investors, the public) of the value-add of government-funded projects;

  • Speed up entitlement, community engagement, and approval processes;

  • Attract key developers, investors, and tenants;

  • Maximize impact of your investments in placemaking and walkability.

Software Preview of the Forecast Analysis

Software Preview of the Forecast Analysis

State of Place helped us with the long-term strategic vision for Tigard Triangle. It helped our long-term planners to think critically about where we should invest in... We have been using it and we’ll continue to integrate that in our planning, our economic development, and even in our infrastructure development.
— Lloyd Purdy, Economic Development Manager, City of Tigard (Portland Metro)

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