Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, Jacob France Institute

WHO WE ARE Our goal: To strengthen Baltimore neighborhoods by providing meaningful, accurate, and open data at the community level. BNIA-JFI is dedicated to producing reliable and actionable quality of life indicators for Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Vital Signs provides indicators that “take the pulse” of Baltimore neighborhoods by measuring progress towards a better quality of life for all residents. INFORMATION FOR bb3-01ff maxresdefaultbb2-01f media


The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore (known as BNIA-JFI) is a nonprofit organization whose core mission is to provide open access to meaningful, reliable, and actionable data about, and for, the City of Baltimore and its communities. BNIA-JFI builds on and coordinates the related work of citywide nonprofit organizations, city and state government agencies, neighborhoods, foundations, businesses, and universities to support and strengthen the principle and practice of well informed decision making for change toward strong neighborhoods, improved quality of life, and a thriving city.

BNIA-JFI is also a partner member of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership of the Urban Institute (NNIP).  NNIP is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and nearly 40 local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building.

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Vital Signs

Our core product is Vital Signs, published annually. “Vital Signs” are groups of related data points, compiled from a variety of reliable sources, that “take the pulse” of Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Each Vital Sign comprises a set of data which, taken together, form a picture of any given neighborhood’s quality of life and overall health.

Each year, we publish Vital Signs in the form of a written report (PDF version here) and web-based, downloadable data tables.

Projects & Research

We engage in a number of custom research and data analysis projects both for our parent organization, the Jacob France Institute, and other clients. Our projects all focus on Baltimore City and its constituent neighborhoods.

We support external projects and research through assistance with custom data searches, data analysis and benchmarking, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), market and policy analysis, and training.

Baltimore Data Day

Each year, BNIA hosts Data Day, an annual workshop that helps communities expand their capacity to use technology and data to advance their goals. Community leaders, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and civic-minded “hackers”  come together to see the latest trends in community-based data, technology and tools and learn how other groups are using data to support and advance constructive change.


BNIA-JFI is supported by diverse groups committed to promoting, supporting, and helping people make better decisions using accurate, reliable, and accessible data and indicators to improve the quality of life in Baltimore City neighborhoods.

We also accept individual donations.

Steering Committee

Services Provided

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data
Primary Contact
Cheryl Knott
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 837-4377