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A map showing the location of Hartville, Missouri.

The U.S. Has a New Center: Hartville, Missouri

The center cannot hold.

November 18, 2021 - U.S. Census Bureau

Wine Country

Where Have All the Metropolitan Statistical Areas Gone?

A total of 144 metropolitan statistical areas might lose their federal designation if a proposal under discussion at the Office of Management and Budget is approved.

March 9, 2021 - Associated Press

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

Silver Lake Dog Park

Are Cities Really Losing Millennials?

Despite headlines to the contrary, the nation's most urbanized places appear to have gained thirtysomethings in recent years.

December 23, 2019 - Michael Lewyn

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

Texas residential

How Some Cities Are Losing People and Staying Prosperous

Population loss doesn't always equate to economic decline. Richard Florida discusses a study examining American metros that are retaining their economic vitality as they shrink.

July 1, 2019 - CityLab

Los Angeles sprawl

Understanding Cities Through Their Life Cycles

Cities go through ups and downs over time, and where a city is in its longer history can reveal the reasons behind population changes.

June 18, 2019 - Governing

City Kids

A Little Baby Boom in Seattle

There must be something in the water for the first time in decades in Seattle; there are suddenly many more children living in the city.

April 16, 2019 - The Seattle Times

Growth Chart

Population Growth at 80-Year Low

William H. Frey reveals the most important takeaways from the recent population data released by the U.S. Census, and recommends the country focus on caring for an aging population and leveraging immigration for economic growth.

December 25, 2018 - Brookings

Coachella Crowd

Carrying Capacity, Population Growth, and Urban Planning

Breakthrough Institute co-founder, Ted Nordhaus, explores the etymology of "carrying capacity" from a shipping term to a biological term, but objects to its application to human population. Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute responds.

August 10, 2018 - Aeon

High School Football

New Report Contradicts the U.N.: More Like 84 Percent of the World Lives in Urban Areas

"Everything we've heard about global urbanization turns out to be wrong."

July 14, 2018 - Place

Shanghai Shopping

10 Stats That Explain the World in 2017

Looking for lessons about 2017?

December 28, 2017 - The Washington Post

Seatle Skyline

The Urban Revival Is (Probably) Not Over

Critiquing Richard Florida's claim that "the urban revival is over."

September 28, 2017 - Michael Lewyn

Midwest Flooding

Planning for an Era of Climate Change Disasters

In a wide-ranging editorial, Mark Allen argues for strategies that may help communities cope with climate disasters as they grow more frequent.

September 15, 2017 - Green Left Weekly

Millennials

Another Problem to Blame on Millennials

First the auto companies blamed millennials for not driving enough, and now demographers blame them for the nation's declining birth rate.

July 6, 2017 - The Washington Post

New York City

What's the Matter With the Upper East Side?

In a free market, the richest neighborhoods would ordinarily be the most popular. But some well-off urban neighborhoods are actually losing population. Why?

June 9, 2017 - Michael Lewyn

Population Decline in the Latest Census Estimates

Not only are suburbs growing, many of the larger, older cities that had reversed decades of population decline, are now losing population, again. The biggest losers: counties with the greatest population densities.

March 28, 2017 - Governing

Suburban School Crossing

New Census Data Confirms: Suburban Areas Lead U.S. Growth

Post-recession population growth in the United States looks a lot like pre-recession growth in the United States. As some have predicted or already noticed: the story of U.S. growth is still suburban.

March 23, 2017 - FiveThirtyEight

The Chicago Bean At Sunrise

Which States Grew and Which Didn't

Texas and Utah were the leaders in growth for the 2015-2016 fiscal year; Illinois lost more residents than any other state.

December 21, 2016 - U.S. Census Bureau

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