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Joel Kotkin / newgeography / June 18, 2013
It was widely reported that the Great Recession and subsequent economic malaise changed the geography of America. Suburbs, particularly in the Sun Belt, were becoming the “new slums” as people flocked back to dense core cities.
Yet an analysis of post-2007 population trends by demographer Wendell Cox in the 111 U.S. metro areas with more than 200,000 residents reveals something both very different from the conventional wisdom and at the same time very familiar. Virtually all of the 20 that have added the most residents from 2007 to 2012 are in the Old Confederacy, the Intermountain WestRead More
Hannah Dreier and Hope Yen of The Associated Press / AARP Blog / June 13, 2013
Rural America is losing population for the first time ever, largely because of waning interest among baby boomers in moving to far-flung locations for retirement and recreation, according to new census estimates.
Long weighed down by dwindling populations in farming and coal communities and the movement of young people to cities, rural counties are being hit by sputtering growth in retirement and recreation areas, once residential hot spots for baby boomers.
The new estimates, as of July 2012, show that would-be retirees are opting to stay put in urban areas near jobs. Recent weakness inRead More
DIVYA / nerdwallet / June 10, 2013
Which cities are on the up-and-up? The answer might surprise you. NerdWallet sifted through the data from over 475 cities to find cities that were growing in three categories—population, employment and income—and ranked them according to growth rates. We used the following three factors to determine the overall growth score of each city:
- Population: Population growth in the working-age population (16+) between 2007 and 2011
- Employment: Growth in the percentage of employed residents 16+ between 2007 and 2011
- Income: Growth in median income for workers between 2007
Emily Badger / The Atlantic Cities / May 30, 2013
About 1.5 million people live in Manhattan, an imposing number that’s larger than the entire populations of Phoenix, Dallas and San Francisco. More impressive, though, is what happens on the island by day: So many commuters come in (and so few residents commute out for work) that Manhattan’s population nearly doubles in size.
This latter number – 3,083,102, to be precise, according to American Community Survey data collected between 2006 and 2010 – is in some ways an even more important one than the population figure we typically affix to places. If Manhattan ever needs toRead More
William H. Frey / The Brookings Institution / May 28, 2013
Big cities could be making a growth comeback after a rocky decade. Their growth rates are rising and, for the second year in a row, they are growing faster than their surrounding suburbs.
The Census Bureau’s new release of population estimates for cities through July 2012 offer some surprises in light of recent trends. After plummeting to postwar lows during the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath, national migration rates have begun to increase again as the economy recovers. As a result, the traditional Snowbelt-to-Sunbelt shift has resumed as well. Many assumed that large cities,Read More