Resilience Capacity Index

One way to assess a region’s resilience is by its qualities to cope with future challenges, a concept we label resilience capacity. Developed by Kathryn A. Foster, member of the BRR research network and director of the University at Buffalo Regional Institute, the Resilience Capacity Index (RCI) is a single statistic summarizing a region’s score on 12 equally weighted indicators—four indicators in each of three dimensions encompassing Regional Economic, Socio-Demographic, and Community Connectivity attributes. As a gauge of a region’s foundation for responding effectively to a future stress, the RCI reveals regional strengths and weaknesses, and allows regional leaders to compare their region’s capacity profile to that of other metropolitan areas. See Data and Rankings for index scores, ranks, and maps for the overall RCI and its underlying dimensions (“capacity types”). For details on index creation and indicators, see FAQs and Sources and Notes.


The RCI was developed by the University at Buffalo Regional Institute, State University of New York.