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July 7, 2021

MSU welcomes American Communities Project

The American Communities Project, ACP, is bringing its unique, data-driven perspective on local communities to its new home at the Michigan State University School of Journalism. ACP uses data and reporting to make sense of the social, cultural and political changes transforming America at the local level. The innovative project will continue its ground-breaking work in the new Center for Journalism Studies and the award-winning J-School in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

The American Communities Project draws on a wide array of data — including election results, economic data, consumer surveys and polls — to map local communities across the country in terms of their shared characteristics. The result is the ACP community typology: A map of 15 types of local communities identified through a data analysis partnership with academic researchers.

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