Benchmarks are the indicators we use to measure our annual progress. To achieve these benchmarks, residents of Shawnee County will need to work together in unprecedented ways to achieve the more than 100 goals set in the Heartland Visioning Strategic Plan. Click here to read our this year's Report to the Community.
A seventh Team, “Benchmark”, led by Doug Sterbenz, Westar Energy, and Nancy Johnson, Community Resources Council, monitors the progress of each of the other six teams.
How we're doing: In 2008 Shawnee County population grew 0.8% and in 2009 grew 0.7%; good progress during a difficult economy.
How we're doing: Shawnee County average earnings increased 1.6% during the first quarter of 2009; nationally, there was a decline of 2.5%. This is a 3.35% improvement over the benchmark.
Quality of Life
How we're doing: Current information is unavailable; data was last updated in 2004.
How we're doing: From 2006 to 2007 crime in Shawnee County declined by 12%, a greater decrease than the U.S. average. Shawnee County remains ranked at 22nd out of 31 counties with capital cities. Refining the data to cities only, The City of Topeka experienced a decline in crime of 6.4% from 2007 to 2008, ranking Topeka 4th out of 12 capital cities with populations between 100,000 to 200,000.
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