Jason Axelrod

Content Producer,
American City & County

Jason Axelrod is an award-winning journalist who has written and reported for The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Business Journal and Mother Nature Network, among other news outlets. Jason holds a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from The University of Georgia. 



Detroit tax collectors crack down on evasion
For approximately 7,000 tax-evading individuals and businesses in Detroit, it may be time to pay up.
Providence council president steps down amid calls for resignation, embezzlement accusations
Providence, R.I.’s city council president has resigned after being charged with two felonies. He had previously refused to step down despite council members’ calls to do so.
Cities enact rules requiring gender-neutral restrooms in municipal buildings
Cities across the country are enacting rules to designate city facility restrooms as gender-neutral.
U.S. cities with the highest and lowest concentrations of economic factors


WalletHub ranked cities based on the diversities of their economies. The company also ranked the cities with the highest and lowest concentrations of certain industries, types of occupations and types of worker classes. We've included these cities here. Is your city among them?


Note: several of the cities listed on here are census-designated places, which are unincorporated areas that are recognized by the U.S. Census as settled concentrations of population. 

Lawsuit accuses Mississippi sheriff’s department of unfair racial profiling
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi is suing the Madison County, Miss., Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) in a federal lawsuit for unfairly targeting black residents for unconstitutional traffic stops, searches of houses and property and sometimes violent searches and seizures, all without proper suspicion of wrongdoing.
Public outcry over police department disbandment causes town to reverse their decision
There was major public outcry when the Forest Lake, Minn., city council voted to disband its police department. Three days later, the council reached an agreement to keep it intact.
Chicago launches website featuring scrubbed EPA climate change data
A new Chicago government website has posted climate change information and data that the Trump Administration had removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
Puerto Rico files for bankruptcy; analysts urge investors to learn from ordeal
Puerto Rico has filed for a bankruptcy-like restructuring of its $70 billion debt, and many analysts are strongly suggesting that it serve as a wake-up call to municipal bond investors.
Texas governor signs immigration enforcement bill, gets mixed reaction
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill on Sunday that imposes penalties on Texas governments that do not comply with federal immigration laws, while giving local law enforcement more immigration-related power.
Counties and cities explore needle exchanges to mitigate diseases spread through drug use
As the opioid crisis continues to affect communities across the nation, some local governments are fighting the diseases spread through intravenous drug use through needle exchange programs.
Local governments see mixed results with starting composting facilities, programs
Municipal composting programs continue to grow in popularity, but some local governments are finding more success in the creation of these programs than others.
Trump names advisor to prioritize infrastructure projects
President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is one step closer to being reality with the selection of Norman F. Anderson to prioritize projects for the investment.
Des Moines plans new public works facility, faces backlash from existing property owners
Des Moines, Iowa, plans to build a new $70 million municipal services/public works center. But the city will need to raze houses, businesses and a church to erect the facility.
The 10 most overweight metro areas in America
Personal finance site Wallethub ranked the 100 most populated U.S. metropolitan areas in order of obesity levels based on 17 metrics across the dimensions of obese and overweight individuals, weight-related health problems and healthy environments. Is your city on the list?
Southern cities remove Confederate symbols from public areas
Some southern cities are mobilizing to remove symbols of the Confederacy from public areas. Some view these acts as needed progress, others as an assault on their heritage.