Long Island Index 2004
Publisher(s): Long Island Index
Coverage: New York
The Long Island Index measures annual progress toward the goals of a growing, inclusive economy that creates a range of job opportunities for an educated population that enjoys a high quality of life. A high quality of life is based on creative, livable communities with affordable housing and vibrant job centers close to transportation. Today, Long Island has a number of important
regional assets including its universities and K-12 education, an increasingly diversified economy with growing health, information and business services, its natural beauty with open spaces and a nationally recognized health care system. However, Long Island also faces a number of challenges as a result of its historical fragmentation of governance, independent communities and a growing disparity by income, race and ethnicity that is clear in current housing, education and health indicators.