These resource links are provided to assist candidates in conducting additional research on the communities in which various job opportunities are located. SGR sends a special thank you to Kurt Bressner, ICMA Senior Advisor, for compiling and allowing us to share many of the below listed resources.
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20 Hot Career Advancement Articles - a frequently-updated list of the top 20 articles that will keep you up to date with the latest trends in job searching, hiring practices, interviewing techniques, and other topics to help you progress in your career.
County Health Rankings - Applicants may use this link to evaluate public health victories and challenges prospective organizations face. The site may also help candidates grasp a deeper understanding of public health trends and local government's role in contributing to a higher quality of life.
Interactive 2010 Census Map - Applicants may use this resource to browse general statistics related to population growth and decline, note changes in racial and ethnic concentrations, and examine patterns of housing development in any county within the United States.
U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts - This site provides a variety of summary information on demographics and population for any unit of government in the United States.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Hospital Compare - This site reports outcomes and information from local hospitals that can be used to evaluate the quality of local health care available (allows detailed search by city).
City-Data.com - This site has collected and analyzed data from numerous sources to create profiles of all U.S. cities. Data includes demographics, cost of living, crime statistics, local news links, weather, hospitals, city guides, city and area population, and much more.
NerdWallet - Nerdwallet provides "best cities" and comparison information on jobs and economics, housing and home ownership, and lifestyle.
Zipskinny.com - Zipskinny is a website that allows you to enter your zip code to see United States Census data related to any city in the U.S. The power of this site is that it allows you to also compare neighboring zip code statistics, providing applicants with a snapshot of regional demographic data.
FBI Uniform Crime Report - View statistics and trends on crime in the nation provided by the FBI.
RAIDS Online - This is a great tool to map out crimes, etc. in a community.
ACCRA Cost of Living Index - The ACCRA Cost of Living Index provides city-to-city comparisons of key consumer costs.
AreaVibes - AreaVibes assigns Livability Scores by address, zip code, neighborhood, or city to help you find the best places to live.
AreaVibes Cost of Living Calculator - See the cost of living comparison of two cities.
The Best and Worst School Districts in America - See the best and worst school districts across the country and how they compare to the rest of the world.
Public School Review - Profiles, statistics, and reviews of over 100,000 public schools in the USA.
Best School Districts in Texas - See how school districts in Texas rank.
Bankate Cost of Living Comparison - See the cost of living comparison of two cities.
International Cost of Living Index - See the cost of living comparison from cities in the US, UK, and Australia.
Real Estate Center (by Texas A&M) - A tool to help Texans make better real estate decision.
Federation of Tax Administrators - This site provides summary tables of major state taxes, including state income tax rates and state sales tax rates.
State Business Tax Climate Index - The Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states' tax systems compare.
Texas Tribune's Government Salaries Explorer - review the compensation of hundreds of thousands of state and municipal employees in Texas.
Tax Reform- an open letter to the Texas State Senator, Kelly Hancock, from the City Manager of Fort Worth, Texas