According to AIER, the index is created by evaluating the index factors using the most current data available from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, National Science Foundation and Small Business Administration to provide a snapshot of each community's overall academic and cultural environment, quality of life and employment opportunities in the area.
The 75 cities in the CDI include the top locations in the population categories of Major Metros (greater than 2.5 million), Mid-size Metros (1.0 to 2.5 million), Small Cities (250,000 to 1 million) and College Towns (under 250,000).
A free copy of the 2011-12 CDI can be obtained at https://www.aier.org/cdi.
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