Millennials Key to Baltimore’s Recent Population Growth

Like many cities built on the old economy of steel and automobile manufacturing, Baltimore is struggling to attract and retain citizens. Recent population growth bears examination.
January 11, 2014, 11am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Baltimore's population grew in 2011 for the first time in 50 years. Jeff La Noue breaks down the data about the growth, finding demographic trends that break down along generational lines: “Baltimore is more popular for 19 to 33 year olds, with a sweet spot of 26, than at any point in the last half century. This age cohort is the one group that is coming to the city, while all other age groups are roughly leaving Baltimore just as they have for the last half century.”

The story goes on to address the challenge of retaining millennials in the city once they start having families and considering the options for schools in the city. La Noue also examines property taxes as a deterrent for young professionals looking to own homes in the city.

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Published on Monday, December 9, 2013 in Comeback City
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