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Valley Benchmark Cities FY2016-17 Trend Report

Last updated on 2018-11-02

The purpose of the Valley Benchmark Cities initiative is to improve local government performance in Arizona by working collaboratively to identify and share resources, best practices, and common demographic, financial, and performance information to better understand the complex and diverse operations of the 11 participating cities (Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, and Tempe).  Annually, since FY 2013-14, the Valley Benchmark Cities initiative publishes a report to share 21 Valley-wide measures with city leadership and the public.  This report includes measures in the following service categories: Demographics, Fire Services, Police Services; Library Services; Parks and Recreation Services; Water, Sewer, and Trash Services; Finance and Administration Services.

There are two notable changes in the FY 2016-17 Trend Report:

First, the report has moved away from individual community trends to a report based upon regional trends using the maximum, minimum, median, and average of the 11 cities’ data.  The definition of each metric is listed beneath the chart title.  Notes detailing the regional trends identified and explanations of what caused any changes are included beneath the chart for each measure.  Each city’s individual data can be found in the Appendix.

The report utilizes annual population estimates provided by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).  In 2017, at the request of Valley Benchmark Cities, MAG revised the adopted municipal populations for FY 2010 – FY 2016 in order to reflect the 2015 Special Census counts in select cities as well as revisions to collected residential completions and revised county-level estimates.  This resulting series allows for consistency in historical trends.  This adjustment had an impact on any measures calculated per resident or per 1,000 residents.  All values in the FY 2016-17 report are accurate based on current MAG estimates, but may not match values published in prior trend reports. 

Navigate Through The Below Service Areas To Explore Our Performance Over The Past Few Years:


Fire Services

Police Services

Library Services

Parks & Recreation Services

Water, Sewer & Trash Services

Administration Services


Photo courtesy of City of Avondale

Photo courtesy of the City of Tempe