Menino Survey of Mayors

The Menino Survey was initiated in 2014 by the Boston University Initiative on Cities, co-founded by the late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Now in its eighth year, the Menino Survey is based on live interviews with mayors on their pressing challenges, priorities, and expectations for the future. It continues in 2021 with the support of Citi and The Rockefeller Foundation.


2020 Menino Survey

The 2020 Menino Survey of Mayors detailed insights and perspectives shared by a representative sample of 130 mayors leading U.S. cities with populations of more than 75,000 residents. The 2020 Survey explored mayoral views on COVID-19 recovery and implications, policing and protests, parks and greenspace, and the Census.

2019 Menino Survey

The 2019 Menino Survey of Mayors, based on interviews with 119 sitting mayors from 38 states, explored mayoral views on issues ranging from infrastructure and transportation priorities — including mobility and public safety — to the changing nature of work. The 2019 Survey also provided the first in-depth examination of mayors’ reactions to and expectations for the Opportunity Zones program, a significant new federal initiative to stimulate urban development.

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