Demographics

Close-up of a pile of Census 2020 forms

Detailed 2020 Census Data Coming in 2023

The data release was delayed in part so that the agency could implement a new privacy policy aimed at protecting the identities of respondents.

November 15, 2022 - Poynter Online

Houston

Texas, the Bellwether State

With its rapid economic growth, dynamic cities, and increasingly diverse population, Texas could offer a model for the future of the United States.

October 13, 2021 - The New York Times

2020 Census

Census Delays Release of 2020 American Community Survey Data

Due to the challenges faced by data collectors during the pandemic, the Census Bureau will not be releasing 2020 ACS data in September as usual.

September 27, 2021 - PRB

Empty Swings

The Pandemic Baby Bust

The economic uncertainty of the pandemic has added to already declining birth rates in a troubling sign for the future of the American economy.

March 17, 2021 - The New York Times

Gentrification

What Is Gentrification?

Gentrification is a process of neighborhood change, usually resulting from an influx of relatively wealthy, white residents to a neighborhood. But that definition, and the controversies that follow, vary greatly by location, and there is no universally accepted definition of the term.

January 14, 2021 - James Brasuell

Crowd

What Is the American Community Survey?

The American Community Survey offers a treasure trove of social, economic, housing and demographic data.

December 31, 2020 - James Brasuell

Seattle light rail

Op-Ed: The Importance of Equity in Transportation Planning

Transportation planners must address equity issues in their work and involve the people most affected by the planning and policymaking process.

March 26, 2020 - Next City

Los Angeles Skyline

Blade Runner's Dystopian World and the L.A. of Today

The original "Blade Runner" takes place in the Los Angeles of November 2019. How does the film’s vision of the city compare with the present-day reality?

November 23, 2019 - LAist

U.S. Census Bureau

For 2020 Census, Cities Face Hurdles Finding People to Count

In many cities, people are living in places that are hard to locate. But accurate census counts are crucial to ensuring cities get their fair share of political power and funding.

October 30, 2019 - The New York Times

Denver Region

Revisiting the Megaregion

The idea of cities as components of larger megaregions has lost some of its popularity, Alon Levy looks at regions around the world to try to understand how useful the concept is in understanding cities and regions.

September 5, 2019 - Pedestrian Observations

D.C. Metro Bus

Analysis Highlights Causes of Bus Ridership Declines in D.C. Region

Regional governance and more bus lanes are needed to improve ridership, according to a new study.

February 2, 2019 - The Washington Post

Federal Building

Census Citizenship Question Still Not Decided

Cities fear federal funding cuts if the citizen question stays on the Census and results in an undercount of Latino populations.

February 1, 2019 - CityLab

Cleveland Vacant Home

Map Divvying Up Cleveland Resembles Redlining Maps of the Past

Cleveland neighborhoods were coded to help real estate investors, but the result is a map that harks back to old discriminatory housing practices, say critics.

November 16, 2018 - CityLab

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

District By District, Maps Trace Neighborhood Opportunity Across the U.S.

Down to the level of individual census tracts, a team of researchers has developed national maps showing where upward mobility is probable, and where it isn't.

October 10, 2018 - The New York Times

Seattle light rail

Transit Ridership Rises in Seattle, With Income Differences Among Riders

Transit ridership is up in Seattle, and higher income riders are more likely to use it.

October 9, 2018 - Seattle Times

Delivering Food to the Rural Poor with a Rolling Food Bank

Food banks in urban settings have long served communities in urban areas, now mobile food banks can truck food to the poor in sparsely populated counties.

July 31, 2018 - Pew Charitable Trusts

17th Street, Denver, Colorado

Op-Ed: Downtown Denver's Homogenous Renaissance

There's a lot to like about the resurgence of downtown cores. But as is the case elsewhere, Denver's core has only attracted a small subset of the wider city's population. Most people still call the suburbs home.

June 19, 2018 - The Denver Post

Bay Area Rapid Transit

Op-Ed: Infrastructure Projects Need More Women in Leadership Roles

Calling attention to progress in the Bay Area, two leaders at employee- and women-owned firms argue that more female leadership will help projects better serve the entire population.

April 2, 2018 - The Mercury News

Mass Shootings

Where Mass Shootings Happen

It's tempting to try to find a link between sites of mass shootings, but data shows they happen in all types of American communities.

March 7, 2018 - CityLab

Moving Truck

Americans Moving Less

For the fifth year in a row, the number of Americans moving is down.

January 10, 2018 - Pittsburg Post-Gazette

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