Indicators

The OneSTL Performance Indicators measure the St. Louis region’s progress toward sustainability. The indicators are organized by the plan’s nine theme areas and reflect the goals and objectives of OneSTL. Analysis of the indicators will better equip the region to make data driven decisions, set priorities, evaluate the effectiveness of the plan, and revise the plan to achieve success.

The Big Picture

The performance indicators are listed below along with the following for each:

  • Desired Trend: Reflects the vision, goals and objectives of OneSTL.
  • Baseline Data: Provided for the “baseline year”, which is the year the OneSTL planning process began (2010) or the closest year for which data is available.
  • Current Data: Provided for the most recent year available. Indicators that do not have data updates since the baseline are marked with a dash (–) to indicate that data is not yet available.
  • Current Trend: Color coded to reflect the direction of change from the baseline to the current data.

    Color Current Trend Type
     

    Current Trend is in-line with the Desired Trend

     

    No Change from baseline to current year or no statistically significant change

     

    Current Trend is the opposite of the Desired Trend

The Details

Click on the name of an indicator to get more information, including:

  • Why is it Important?: An explanation of why we are tracking the indicator and what it means. 
  • How are we Doing?: A more detailed look at how the St. Louis region is performing, how it has changed over time and how we compare with other regions.
  • Toolkit Solutions: Links to relevant OneSTL tools that are in use or can be used to help the region improve on this indicator.
  • OneSTL Objectives: Links to the OneSTL plan objectives and related strategies that are most relevant to this indicator.
  • Research and Resources: Links to OneSTL reports and other resources that provide greater understanding of the indicator and the underlying issues. 

Keep checking back. The website will be updated regularly with new data as it becomes available. Additionally, the OneSTL Report to the Region will be released annually to provide updates on the region’s progress on the performance indicators and updates from OneSTL Network Members on what they are doing to make the St. Louis region more sustainable.

OneSTL Performance Indicators

Collaborative
Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

OneSTL Network Membership

Number of OneSTL Network Members

Up 2013

0

2017

299

Sustainability Lab @ T-Rex

Average number of people in attendance per month at the Sustainability Lab @ T-Rex

Up 2017

52

-

Stronger Neighborhoods

Percent of residents living within the service area of active Community Development Corporations

Up 2011

34%

-

Access to Information

Number of OneSTL.org users in the St. Louis Metro Area

Up 2014

2,208

2017

5,854

Prosperous
Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

Economic Resiliency

Diversity of employment by sector, measuring the ability of the economy to adapt to change (1= high resiliency and 0= low resiliency)

Up 2010

0.888

2015

0.892

Access to Jobs

Percent of residents living within a reasonable travel time to work

Up 2006-2010

88.0%

2012-2016

87.3%

Poverty

Percent of residents living in poverty

Down 2010

12.9%

2016

11.3%

Quality Jobs

Percent of jobs with a median wage higher than self-sufficiency wage for a 1 adult, 1 child household

Up 2010

39.7%

2016

39.9%

Employment

Number of full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs

Up 2010

1,117,934

2016

1,162,128

Unemployment

Unemployment Rate

Down 2010

9.5%

2016

4.6%

Income

Personal income per capita (in 2016 dollars)

Up 2010

$ 46,041

2016

$ 49,519

GMP

Gross Metropolitan Product - the market value of all goods and services produced in the region (2009 chained dollars)

Up 2010

$ 134.1
billion

2016

$ 140.7
billion

Racial Disparity

Ratio of white median household income to black median household income

Down 2010

1.88

2016

1.82

Distinctive
Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

H+T Affordability

Proportion of household income spent on housing and transportation costs

Down 2006-2010

50.6%

2012-2016

46.4%

Access to Open Space

Percent of population that reside within 1 mile of a park or public open space for rural areas or ½ mile for urban areas

Up 2007-2011

74.5%

-

Crime

Crime Rate - combined violent and property crime rates per 100,000 population

Down 2010

3,657

2015

3,019

Healthy and Active

Percent of adults meeting recommended exercise standard

Up 2011

49.5%

2015

50.7%

Inclusive
Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

Stably Integrated Communities

Percent of residents who live in stably integrated communities

Up

Method Under Development

Housing Choice

Percent of census tracts with housing stock at a variety of price points for owners and renters

Up

Method Under Development

Concentrated Poverty

Percent of poor residents living in a concentrated area of poverty (census tracts with >40% poverty rate)

Down 2006-2010

13.8%

2012-2016

14.0%

Income Inequality

Gini Index

Down 2010

0.454

2016

0.467

Housing Affordability

Percent of low-income households paying 30 percent or more of income on housing

Down 2006-2010

65.4%

2011-2015

66.8%

Green
Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

Developed Land per Capita

Number of developed acres per capita

Down 2006

0.257
acres

2011

0.261
acres

Air Quality

Average number of days per year the EPA Air Quality Index exceeds 100 for ozone (unhealthy for sensitive groups)

Down 2009-2011

30.3
days

2015-2017

16.0
days

Rainscaping

Acres of land treated for stormwater overflow using water quality best management practices

Up 2010

578
acres

2017

6,917
acres

Tree Cities

Percent of municipalities that are certified by Tree City USA

Up 2010

20.9%

2016

25.4%

Tree Canopy

Percent of land with tree canopy cover

Up 2010/2012

39.0%

-

Watershed Plans

Number of watersheds with a plan or active organization

Up 2010

8

2016

19

Water Quality

Rivers and streams impaired (polluted), in miles

Down 2012

709.5

2015

711.9

Sustainable Codes

Percent of local governments that have an energy conservation code and/or a green construction code

Up 2013

86.8%

2017

87.2%

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Total carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per capita

Down 2008/2010

23.58
MTCO2e

-

Prepared
Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

Floodplain Management

Number of local governments participating in the Community Rating System by the NFIP

Up 2010

1

2017

7

Heat/Cold Mortality

Number of heat- and cold-related deaths

Down 2008-2012

24.0

2012-2016

25.6

Hazard Mitigation

Percent of local governments participating in a current local hazard mitigation plan

Up 2010

84.3%

2017

52.7%

Development in Potentially Hazardous Areas

Percent of development in potentially hazardous areas (500-year flood zone, potential landslide areas, and potential earthquake liquefaction areas)

Down 2006

15.5%

2011

16.1%

Addressing Climate Change

Percent of local governments that have taken action to address climate change

Up 2010

8.8%

2017

11.8%

StormReady

Percent of local governments that are certified StormReady by the National Weather Service

Up 2010

2.5%

2017

5.4%

Connected
Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

Transportation Choice

Total percent of workers commuting via walking, biking, transit, rideshare, or who work from home. 

Up 2010

16.2%

2016

16.6%

Residential Transit Access

Percent of households within 1/4 mile of a transit stop

Up 2007-2011

42%

2012-2016

42%

Employment Transit Access

Percent of jobs within 1/4 mile of a transit stop

Up 2011

69.2%

2017

68.6%

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

Measure of relationship between change in density and change in ridership at MetroLink stations

Up

Method Under Development

VMT per capita

Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita per day

Down 2010

25.6

2016

26.6

Bikeability

Number of miles of on-road bike facilities and shared-use paths

Up 2013

654
miles

2017

884
miles

Complete Streets

Percent of local governments with complete streets policies

Up 2010

3.4%

2017

10.8%

Transit Ridership

Annual transit boardings system-wide (MetroLink/Bus System/Call-A-Ride)

Up 2010

43.0
million

2016

46.7
million

Efficient
Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

Access to Healthy Food Choices

Percent of total population that live in a low income census tract and reside far from a supermarket/large grocery store (more than one mile for urban areas or 10 miles for rural areas)

Down 2010

7.2%

2015

8.4%

Energy Use

Total residential gas and electric energy use in BTUs per customer

Down 2010

111.4
million BTUs

2011

106.6
million BTUs

Energy Diversity

Percent of electricity supplied by renewable sources

Up 2010

3.2%

2016

6.4%

Waste Diversion Rate

Percent of waste diverted through source reduction, recycling, reuse, or composting

Up 2010

53.7%

2016

56.2%

Government Resiliency

General local government debt to revenue ratio for counties

Down 2007

1.00

2012

1.10

Building Energy Efficiency

Square footage of 3rd party verified green commercial and institutional buildings and sites (LEED, ENERGY STAR, and Sustainable Sites)

Up 2013

32.3
million sq. ft.

2015

43.1
million sq. ft.

Educated
Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

Volunteer Rate

Percent of residents who volunteer

Up 2010

32.1%

2015

25.4%

Cultural/Arts Institutions

Cultural/arts nonprofit revenue per capita in constant dollars

Up 2010

$ 105.90

2012

$ 114.69

Voter Participation

Voter turnout among registered voters in the presidential election

Up 2008

69.5%

2016

67.5%

School Quality

Percent of third grade public school students who meet or exceed reading proficiency standards

Up 2016

55.6%

2017

57.2%

High School Graduation

Percent of public high school students who graduate within four years (four-year adjusted-cohort graduation rate)

Up 2010-2011

79.5%

2016-2017

86.9%

College Attainment

Percent of adults age 25 and over with a bachelor's or graduate degree

Up 2010

29.9%

2016

34.1%