Welcome to the Michigan Spatial Mismatch Tool!          

The MSM Tool is an online data analysis and visualization platform that facilitates detailed analyses of spatial mismatches between housing and employment opportunities across the state of Michigan. The tool was developed with generous funding by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. The goal of the MSM Tool is to assist Michigan policymakers, public officials, and the public at large in addressing housing-employment mismatches through data-driven decision-making by allowing users to identify neighborhoods that are high-priority areas for housing development for Michigan’s workforce or, conversely, high-priority areas for targeted economic development. The MSM Tool provides a straightforward visual representation of two indicators of spatial mismatch – imbalance indices and disparity indices. Imbalance indices measure the discrepancy between the number of residents and the number of workers, while disparity indices measure differences in the characteristics of residents and workers. For more information about the data and methods used to calculate these indices, visit the methodology section.

View one of the following videos to learn more about how to use the MSM Tool or Click HERE for the transcript of all tutorials.


1. Introduction

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2. Mapping Imbalances

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3. Mapping Disparities

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4. Changing the Color Scheme

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5. Changing Measurement Scale

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6. Data Visualization

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Michigan Spatial Mismatch Tool (MSM Tool)

The Michigan Spatial Mismatch Tool (MSM Tool) is an interactive online platform that allows users to map and visualize spatial mismatches between housing and employment opportunities in the state of Michigan.

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