Suburbs And The Census: Patterns Of Growth And Decline

This paper examines nearly 2,600 suburbs in 35 metropolitan areas, and finds that, suburban population growth and decline is highly uneven, with declining suburbs concentrated mainly in older metro areas of the Midwest and the Northeast.
December 18, 2001, 5pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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The typical image of suburban places is changing. According to latest U.S. Census data, many suburban jurisdictions have experienced steady - and sometimes explosive - population growth in the past decade. However, this growth is clearly uneven with a large number of suburbs losing population. Frequently this population loss is taking place in inner suburbs located mostly in metropolitan areas in the Midwest and Northeast. This paper examines suburban population growth and decline in nearly 2,600 suburban places in 35 metropolitan areas during the 1990s. It illustrates that while it is common to talk about "the suburbs" as a group of homogeneous jurisdictions, careful analysis reveals that suburbs are highly diverse.

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Published on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 in The Brookings Institution
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