The Distressed Communities Index (DCI) is a tool for measuring the vitality of U.S.communities. This 2017 report examines place-based disparities in the American economic experience and assesses the relationship between them and a host of other important factors, such as health outcomes, public assistance spending,demographics, and educational attainment. It was brought to our attention by an article by Mish Shedlock (click here). "It is fair to wonder whether a recovery that excludes tens of millions of Americans and thousands of communities deserves to be called a recovery at all," he writes. The whole report can be accessed if you click here.