NOAA Social Indicators

Created: 9/20/2018 - Updated: 2/27/2020


Social indicators are numerical measures that describe the well-being of individuals or communities. Indicators are comprised of one variable or several components combined into an index. They are used to describe and evaluate community well-being in terms of social, economic, and psychological welfare. To learn more, see indicator development.

These indicators have been updated to include all communities in coastal counties in the United States. They provide a characterization of the well-being and level of dependence on commercial and recreational fishing for over 3,800 communities. The index score for a particular community is relative to all communities in the index and would differ with a more regional focus. For a regional assessment contact a NOAA Fisheries social scientist in your region.



Contact: Dr. Rita Curtis
Phone: 301-427-8122


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