Social Progress Index

The foundation of the Orange County Equity Map is a set of social and environmental metrics called the Social Progress Index. This index incorporates over 50 indicators that measure the health and wellness of a community.

Social Progress Index

The foundation of the Orange County Equity Map is a set of social and environmental metrics called the Social Progress Index. This index incorporates over 50 indicators that measure the health and wellness of a community.

AdvanceOC proudly presents

the first ever Social Progress Index - Orange county

County Average Component Scores
City Average Component Scores
Zip-code Average Component Scores

Search by address, city, zip code, or neighborhood

The following dashboard allows you to search by address, city, zip code, or neighborhood census tract to view the corresponding Social Progress Index component scores.

Each map contains the respective population weighted average and different cities or zip codes are represented on every individual scale for users to benchmark.

How to Use the Index

To use the Index, type in your home address in the search toolbar and you will be taken to your neighborhood census tract. There, you can access your neighborhood scorecard by clicking on ‘See Scorecared’.

You can also view the scorecard of neighboring census tracts or any of the 580 census tracts in Orange County to compare and contrast. Every neighborhood census tract has a peer group of census tracts that has a similar median household income.  Relative strengths and weaknesses is relative to this peer group.  

How to Interpret the Data

As an Orange County resident

The Social Progress Index scorecard shows you how your neighborhood is doing across multiple measurements in basic needs, foundations of wellbeing and opportunity. This information empowers you with the most recent, relevant data to speak to your local elected officials about how to improve the conditions of your neighborhood and address funding gaps.

As a local elected official or policymaker

The Social Progress Index scorecard is an opportunity to create a participatory budgeting process by encouraging active engagement with your constituents to address areas of greatest need in your community. This data is especially valuable as it provides a means to map, measure and track community investments over time.

As an educator, healthcare provider, philanthropist

The Social Progress Index provides a baseline for community health and wellness, highlighting areas of need that require greater attention and community investment. Student and patient outcomes are strongly influenced by social and environmental factors. These social determinants are structural in nature and require partnership between community stakeholders and government agencies to address.

Underlying Sources of Data Used

What are the underlying sources of data used to create the Social Progress Index?

Data sources for the 50 indicators are detailed below.  The SPI will be updated annually to reflect the most recent datasets available.  It is our preference to use data from local agencies working in our community.  It is ideal to use data streams that are disaggregated.

Social Progress Index scorecard

The following is the Social Progress Index scorecard for the average town (median census tract) in Orange County.

What was the Methodology used to create the Index?

The Social Progress Index is distinct from other wellbeing indexes in its measurement of social progress directly, independent of economic development, in a way that is both holistic and rigorous. Unlike many other quality of life measures, the Social Progress Index also captures whether societies are free, inclusive and protect the rights of individuals and minority groups.

Based on its four core principles, the Social Progress Index is designed to uniquely measure quality of life clearly and directly.

  1. Actionable: The index supports granular analysis of specific areas of strength and weakness, allowing change makers to identify and act upon the most pressing issues in their societies.
  2. Relevant to all communities: By measuring all aspects of social progress, from basic needs like shelter and nutrition to longer term goals like rights and freedoms, the index provides relevant insights to developing countries and advanced economies alike.
  3. Exclusive of social and environmental factors: By excluding economic measures from the index, we can, for the first time, compare a community’s social and environmental progress with its economic development and disentangle the relationship between them.
  4. Focus on outcomes not inputs: The index measures the outcomes that matter to the lives of real people. For example, we focus on the health and wellness achieved by a society, not how much is spent on healthcare. More information can be found here.