Neo Cando 2010+ Updated Data on Public Assistance, Child Maltreatment, and More

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (Poverty Center)’s free and publicly accessible social and economic data system, NEO CANDO 2010+, has been updated with new, valuable data local to Cuyahoga County. The 2015 update adds hundreds of new variables for a range of geographies, and updates some of our most valuable data local to neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County, including information on juvenile delinquency, public assistance, USPS vacancy, mortgage lending, and child maltreatment.

With this update, we can explore new social and economic trends, such as the change in the number of SNAP recipients in cities and neighborhoods. These data are available from smaller geographies, like census tracts, to larger geographies, such as neighborhoods, municipalities, and counties. Data for local political geographies, such as wards and County Council districts, are also included. As always, data on population characteristics, poverty, income, education, housing, and crime, among others, are available and can be viewed online, downloaded, or even mapped through the system.

Data available in NEO CANDO 2010+ are the same data used in the Poverty Center’s research and evaluation work on family and child well-being and neighborhood stabilization.

First introduced in 1992 as CANDO, the neighborhood information data system was one of the first of its kind. With a mission to provide neighborhood-level data to local agencies for the purposes of driving data-driven decision making, CANDO was a tool that put information in the hands of area practitioners.  The Poverty Center is a founding partner of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a network of organizations in cities across the U.S. that help local groups use neighborhood data to improve their communities.

Revamped in 2005 as NEO CANDO, the information portal expanded its geographic reach to encompass a 17-county Northeast Ohio region. It expanded it’s focus as well, with two portals; one focusing on social and economic data, another on property data in Cuyahoga County.  The system also offered enhanced mapping and charting functions.

Relaunched in 2012 as NEO CANDO 2010+, in partnership with the Center for Community Solutions and Cleveland State University’s Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS), this iteration of the system updated key census geographies and City of Cleveland neighborhood boundaries, which had been redrawn for the first time, and updated mapping technology that allows users to create quick maps of data on-the-fly.

To access the NEO CANDO 2010+ system, go to and create a free user account. NEO CANDO works best in an updated internet browser. You may need to refresh the browser the first time you load the system.