Population

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

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