Inside the City Council
A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts compares city councils nationwide on factors like average salaries and tenures of their members.
A new tool allows users to compare the city councils of 15 major American cities -- including the nation's 10 largest cities -- on a variety of factors, such as councilmembers' tenure, salary and expenditures.
The data is useful because councils vary wildly in their size and operations, even among large cities.
Among the interesting tidbits in the report:
- Los Angeles has the highest average salary for council members. Average city council salaries exceed $178,000 a piece.
- Philadelphia's city council members are the longest-serving. They've served an average of 15.5 years each on the board.
- The Detroit city council spends about 1 percent of the city budget on council operations, which is a higher percentage than any other city in the study.
- African-Americans are represented on city councils proportionally to their city populations, but Hispanics and Asians are not. Phoenix, for example, is 43 percent Hispanic, but just one of nine council seats is held by a Hispanic resident.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
California City Appoints Undocumented Immigrants to Government Commissions2 hours ago
After a Few Years Afloat, Pension Plans Start Sinking Again3 hours ago
Ex-Director Allegedly Used North Carolina Union's Money for His Vacations5 hours ago
Facing Near-Record Crime, Baltimore Enlists Feds' Help5 hours ago
Comedian Amy Schumer, With Cousin Chuck, Pushes Gun Control Measures8 hours ago
Scott Walker: The Only Governor to Expand Medicaid at State Taxpayers' Expense9 hours ago