Using Economic Data Wisely: A Case Study from Duluth
A partner in Northspan's
Northland Connection program
recently asked us to run some numbers on regional competitiveness data for the Duluth metropolitan area, which includes St. Louis, Douglas, and Carlton Counties. The data can help ground the storylines people tell about Duluth, whether they're lauding a more diversified economy that has helped spur a Duluth renaissance or lamenting low population growth, poverty, or related concerns. We compared the Duluth metropolitan area to 12 peer cities, mostly in the Upper Midwest. This work often only raises more questions than it answers, but it does give a high-level overview of the economic state of affairs.