Research Areas

The New York City Longitudinal Survey of Wellbeing (NYC-LSW)

With funding from the Robin Hood Foundation, the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC) has been surveying a representative panel of approximately 2,300 New York City households. Additional households were drawn from zip codes significantly affected by Hurricane Sandy. The initial survey, fielded between December 2012 and March 2013, collected detailed information on income, material hardships, and family health and well-being. Following the initial survey, respondents were enrolled in a panel to be followed over time, with periodic survey modules at 3-month intervals covering topics like assets and debt, neighborhoods and program service utilization, and adult and child health. Every 3-month follow-up contains basic questions on various experiences that families may have experienced in between waves, including moves into and out of the household, gains and losses of jobs, unexpected major expenses, and large gains or losses in income. With this rich information in hand, CPRC and the Robin Hood Foundation seek to understand how New Yorkers are faring over time. A second panel is now underway, which began in 2015. The second panel will follow a representative panel of approximately 4,500 New York City households.

Codebooks & Surveys

Codebooks and Surveys for the Poverty Tracker Waves can be downloaded here.

Data Training Workshop

The CPRC together with the Center on Poverty and Social Policy, are pleased to announce the first Poverty Tracker Data Training Workshop, which will be held May 18-19, 2017. To learn more and apply, please visit the workshop website


The first report, "Income, Hardship, & Health in NYC," and the second report, "Meeting Needs of Low-Income New Yorkers" are both available to be read in full. This inaugural report on data from the NYC-LSW documents the creation and initial results of our measures of income poverty, material hardship, and health conditions over time. 

For more reports and data visualization please visit

Working Papers

The first working paper can be found below. This working paper examines how New Yorkers negatively impacted by 2012's Hurricane Sandy have fared since in terms of their inability to make ends meet.

Wimer, Chris and Ethan Raker. 2014. "New Yorkers Negatively Impacted by Hurricane Sandy: How are They Faring Since?" CPRC Working Paper No. 14-03.