The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute (known as BNIA-JFI) is a self-support research unit at the University of Baltimore 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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Locust Point rowhomes

photo by Mark Szarkowski
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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.

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Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
The Jacob France Institute
1420 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
410-837-4377 | [email protected]