2016 Menino Survey of Mayors

On January 10, 2017, the Boston University Initiative on Cities released its third annual Menino Survey of Mayors, the only scientifically valid and representative survey of American mayors. The 2016 Menino Survey was built on interviews with 102 mayors from 41 states. Researchers spoke with mayors about a range of topics including immigration, inclusion, poverty, and intergovernmental relations. While previous years have delved more deeply into infrastructure and municipal finance, the 2016 Menino Survey was largely focused on mayors’ “people priorities.”


Initiated in June 2014 and named in honor of the Initiative’s late Co-Founder Mayor Tom Menino, the project was designed to gain insight into the priorities and challenges facing America’s mayors. A team of Boston University researchers, including Katherine Levine Einstein and David Glick, both Assistant Professors of Political Science, Katharine Lusk, the Executive Director of the Initiative on Cities, and Conor LeBlanc, Acting Executive Director, interviewed mayors one-on-one throughout the summer of 2016.

While the interviews took place in the heat of the often-divisive 2016 presidential election, the findings indicate that mayors from both “red” and “blue” states agree more than they disagree. Poverty emerged as a top economic concern, and mayors throughout the country touted the benefits of diversity. Mayors also called on the new presidential administration to act as an “urban champion.”

View the full report via the following link:

Menino Survey of Mayors 2016

A key findings document highlighting the major themes of the Menino Survey can be accessed here:

Key Findings of Menino Survey of Mayors 2016

The 2016 Menino Survey of Mayors was made possible by the support of Citi.