01 July 2009

New Census Numbers Show Strong Cities

Wall Street Journal Article today. The chart at the top of the article has a listing of cities including Cincy, Columbus and Cleveland. Columbus has all positive numbers and Cleveland all negative. Cincinnati's are negative in the early 2000s and get into positive territory starting in 2006.
Cities Grow at Suburbs' Expense During Recession

U.S. cities that for years lost residents to the suburbs are holding onto their populations with a mix of people trapped in homes they can't sell and those who prefer urban digs over more distant McMansions, according to Census data released Wednesday.

Growing cities are growing faster and shrinking cities are losing fewer people, reflecting a blend of choice and circumstance.

...Population growth also accelerated in smaller cities such as Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio...

The Census data underscored how the recession and the real-estate slump have curbed migration, especially to suburbs and outer areas known as exurbs.

..."This shows cities were reviving at the end of this decade, and they are also surviving a recession that has been a lot harsher for other parts of our landscape," Mr. Frey said. "Cities are big enough and diverse enough that they are able to survive these ups and downs in the economy a lot better."

Population growth in the cities has translated to slower growth in the suburbs...

...With the slowdown in construction and service jobs on the urban edges where development was greatest, a bigger share of immigrants are moving to central cities, instead of directly to the suburbs as they had during the real estate boom.


Anonymous said...

The local news reported that Cincinnati grew by 10 people!


Cincinnati NAMjA said...

I think is was by a little bit more than that...lol.