News Update: United States Population Trends

  • The 2010 census shows that only 8.6% of population growth—in metro areas with over one million people—occurred in the city cores. Only Boston, Providence, and Oklahoma City experienced faster growth in the city center, while the suburbs are now home to 6 out of 10 Americans. In terms of demographics, suburban minorities have risen from 5% to 27% in the last 40 years. Only Boston, Providence, and Oklahoma City experienced faster growth in the city center, while the suburbs are now home to 6 out of 10 Americans. In terms of demographics, suburban minorities have risen from 5% to 27% in the last 40 years.

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  • A negative correlation has been found between child populations (ages 5-17) and urban core population densities. The three largest cities—New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago—have experienced a decrease in children. Similarly, the crowded urban cores of Seattle, Washington DC, Boston, and San Francisco have approximately one child for every ten residents. Yet children make up nearly 30% of the country’s population. The high costs of housing in dense city centers are driving families in these areas to the suburbs. Seattle suburbs, for instance, have 75% more children than the urban core. Cities experiencing an increase in children are the fast-growing areas of the south. These cities—including Raleigh NC, Austin TX, and Charlotte NC—also have some of the nation’s fastest-growing immigrant populations and job markets.
  • The demand for luxury homes in London is spreading to the suburbs. Overseas investors make up the majority of new homeowners, which has caused the average price of the struggling London housing market to rise 1.8%—to 438,622 pounds. The increased prices, however, are not expected to last.
  • Numbers continually show a decentralization of job markets in American metro areas, as peripheral zones naturally offer cheaper rent and more space for larger factories and office buildings. Yet city centers are still experiencing significant job gains from major corporations.GE Capital recently announced a plan to add 1,000 employees to their downtown Chicago offices. Food brand Sara Lee—once headquartered in Chicago—is looking to make a return to the city in upcoming years. At the same time, suburban giants are taking a hit. AT&T’s 1.5 million square foot facility in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago is up for sublease. The 6,000 employee headquarters of Sears is also exploring options to move from a neighboring complex. Suburban office parks and manufacturing plants are here to stay, but urban cores are still drawing significant interest from major corporations around the country.
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