Moving us forward.

Explore and learn more about BCVision’s dashboard and the measures we are measuring to help us build a more equitable Battle Creek.

Jobs

A strong community needs strong jobs. To track our efforts to grow jobs and connect Battle Creek residents to jobs, we are measuring the following measures: labor force participation rate, median household income, and number of small businesses.

Talent development

As new jobs continue to grow in our community, we need a great education system. We have identified, tracked, and continue to measure the progress on the following measures: kindergarten proficiency, 3rd grade reading proficiency, 3rd grade math proficiency, and on-time high school graduation.

Culture of Vitality

Embracing the history, strong workforce and diverse cultures of our community, we have identified the following measures to measure cultural of vitality in our community: crime rates, low birth-weight babies, and homeownership.

BCVision uses data collected from the residents of every neighborhood in Battle Creek – spanning economic and cultural backgrounds – to truly involve the community and affect profound and positive change. We have been focused on gathering data to better understand the community’s assets, further define its challenges, and plot a path forward. The purpose of this dashboard is to monitor and measure progress of the BCVision initiative and Battle Creek.

We’ve worked purposefully through an equity lens to ensure the initiative’s efforts are centered on providing equitable opportunities for all residents – regardless of race, gender, socio-economic background, whether you are an immigrant or born in the United States. We are actively listening to all individuals in our community, as we are all one and together we are envisioning the future for Battle Creek. BCVision is building from, amplifying and accelerating successful and related efforts taking place locally and regionally. Learn more >

Jobs
Measure Baseline (2015) Current Target (2025) Trend Michigan Chart
Labor force participation rate Disaggregated 60% 60% 63%

Rationale: This is the median labor force participation rate among a set of nine Midwestern cities of comparable size, demographics, and education levels; it is also the rate seen statewide in 2010. Source: PolicyLink analysis of demographic data from the US Census.

61%
White 60% 59% - 62%
Black 57% 59% - 58%
Latino 74% 68% - 67%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 66% 64% - 57%
Asian 67% 71% - 63%
Some other race 86% 56% - 67%
Two or more races 53% 61% - 61%
Unemployment rate Disaggregated 12% 10% 6%

Rationale: This is the second lowest unemployment rate among a set of nine Midwestern cities of comparable size, demographics, and education levels; we chose this instead of the median given the fast decline in the unemployment rate in recent years.Source: PolicyLink analysis of demographic data from the US Census.

9%
White 11% 9% - 7%
Black 19% 16% - 18%
Latino 7% 4% - 11%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 7% 7% - 13%
Asian N/A N/A - 6%
Some other race 8% 7% - 11%
Two or more races 24% 16% - 15%
Median household income Disaggregated $37,250 $38,216 $56,710

Rationale: This is the income needed to meet minimum standards given the cost of living in Calhoun County. Source: MIT Living Wage Calculator: Calhoun County (1 adult and 2 children).

$50,803
White $40,937 $41,783 $54,331
Black $24,021 $24,422 $30,732
Latino $31,034 $38,023 $41,318
Asian $61,752 $61,146 $76,370
Some other race $26,512 $40,000 $38,461
Two or more races $21,255 $25,917 $38,157
Disposable income (coming in May 2019)
Small businesses (per 1,000 residents) 19 18 24

Rationale: Battle Creek currently has the 8th lowest rate of small businesses among a set of nine Midwestern cities of comparable size, demographics, and education levels; achieving this target would move Battle Creek into third place. Source: PolicyLink analysis of demographic and small business data from the US Census.

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Small businesses (number) (coming in December 2019)
Talent Development
Measure Baseline (2015) Current Target (2025) Trend Michigan Chart
Public preschool enrollment (percentage) Disaggregated 34% 35% 100%

Rationale: “High quality universal pre-K for three- and four-year-olds could significantly reduce the financial burden facing families with young children and help ensure that children are prepared for kindergarten.” When universal PreK is articulated as a goal, it largely can be achieved, as evidenced in states such as WV, VT, WI, AL, NY, IL. Source: https://www.newamerica.org/in-depth/care-report/policy-recommendations-universal-pre-k/http://nieer.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/YB2017_Executive-Summary.pdf

17%
White 26% 26% 14%
Black 38% 37% 29%
Latino 19% 40% 22%
Public preschool enrollment (number) Disaggregated 483 474 1,356

Rationale: “High quality universal pre-K for three- and four-year-olds could significantly reduce the financial burden facing families with young children and help ensure that children are prepared for kindergarten.” When universal PreK is articulated as a goal, it largely can be achieved, as evidenced in states such as WV, VT, WI, AL, NY, IL. Source: https://www.newamerica.org/in-depth/care-report/policy-recommendations-universal-pre-k/;http://nieer.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/YB2017_Executive-Summary.pdf

37,760
White 204 190 21,318
Black 114 103 11,472
Latino 27 48 4,218
Kindergarten readiness (Battle Creek public schools only) 24% 30% 100%

Rationale: During kindergarten children develop foundational skills for math and reading. A goal of 100% of Battle Creek kindergartners scoring above the 50th percentile nationally on the MAP assessment ensures that all children are set up for academic success. Source: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/about-us/article/head-start-program-facts

N/A
3rd-Grade Reading Proficiency Disaggregated 36% 32% 62%

Rationale: Third-grade reading proficiency predicts future educational success. Measuring proficiency early allows for timely interventions to improve a child’s reading skills. 60% is the average third-grade reading proficiency of the top 25 best cities to raise a family. Source: PolicyLink analysis of demographic data from the US Census and the 25 best cities list from SmartAsset.com.

44%
White 43% 40% 52%
Black 15% 8% 19%
Latino 25% 25% 33%
Asian 46% 46% 64%
Two or More Races 31% 19% 42%
3rd-Grade Math Proficiency Disaggregated 36% 36% 70%

Rationale: Third-grade math proficiency predicts future educational success. Measuring proficiency early allows for timely interventions to improve a child’s math skills. 70% is the average third-grade reading proficiency of the top 25 best cities to raise a family. Source: https://smartasset.com/mortgage/the-best-cities-to-raise-a-family

46%
White 43% 46% 54%
Black 15% 11% 19%
Latino 25% 26% 33%
Asian 46% 65% 73%
Two or More Races 31% 42% 42%
8th-Grade Reading Proficiency Disaggregated 46% 30% 56% 43%
White 45% 34% 48%
Black 21% 11% 20%
Latino 36% 11% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 49% 60% 69%
Two or More Races 42% 26% 40%
8th-Grade Math Proficiency Disaggregated 29% 21% 42%

Rationale: 75th percentile of M-Step test scores (SY16-17), as MI Math tests for G6-8 are aligned with and “correspond to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) anchor standards.” Note: range is 5%-93%. Source: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Mathematics_Grade_8_Crosswalk_Claims-Targets-Standards_502014_7.pdf

34%
White 36% 24% 39%
Black 7% 4% 11%
Latino 16% 9% 20%
Asian or Pacific Islander 39% 43% 68%
Two or More Races 23% 17% 29%
On-time high school graduation Disaggregated 84% 87% 90%

Rationale: High school graduation helps predict how well teens are prepared for further education and employment and has wide-ranging health, social and economic impacts. 90% is the highest rate of on-time high school graduation in the top 25 cities to raise a family. Source: https://smartasset.com/mortgage/the-best-cities-to-raise-a-family

81%
White 84% 87% 84%
Black 78% 82% 70%
Latino 84% 90% 74%
Asian N/A 87% 73%
Two or More Races 90% 89% 81%
Culture of Vitality
Measure Baseline (2015) Current Target (2025) Trend Michigan Chart
Crime rate (per 1,000 people) 30 32 10

Rationale: Crimes are not only costly to the victims and families affected, but also on the community through lower property values and higher taxes. A crime rate of 10 would place Battle Creek in the 75th percentile of the top 10 safest cities. Source: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings/crime-and-corrections/public-safety

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Low birth-weight babies Disaggregated 8.0% 10.4% 7.8%

Rationale: This is the median labor force participation rate among a set of nine Midwestern cities of comparable size, demographics, and education levels; it is also the rate seen statewide in 2010. Source: PolicyLink analysis of demographic data from the US Census.

9%
White 7% 8% 7.1%
Black 12% 19.1% 14.4%
Latino N/A 7.4% 7.4%
All other races 3% 0% 8.1%
Homeownership Disaggregated 60% 60% 64%

Rationale: 64% is the national average for Homeownership Rate. As Battle Creek works to attract and retain millennials, and create a dynamic and progressive workforce, the target should reflect the national trend for housing this workforce. Source: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/battlecreekcitymichigan,mi,calhouncountymichigan,US/AGE295217

71%
White 65% 65% 76%
Black 41% 40% 42%
Latino 51% 60% 55%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 62% 55% 60%
Asian 63% 65% 58%
Some other race 48% 63% 53%
Two or more races 31% 30% 53%
Workers living in Battle Creek 27% N/A