Infographic: Sprawl and Gentrification in Detroit, St. Louis & Chicago

Steven Von Worley at Data Pointed has produced these awesome maps illustrating population changes across the United States.

If you look at the Midwest specifically, you see the classic sprawl from the inner city to the outer suburbs. The blue shows double-digit population growth; the red shows depopulation.

Pretty depressing right? How do you like those gas prices, Midwestern rich people?

But wait! It’s not all bad news!

Says Von Worley: It’s easy to miss, but it’s there: a speckled blue island surrounded by a solid sea of red. So, yeah, Detroit is rough, but downtown Detroit… well, that must be the nice part that Eminem was cruising.

Those little blue spots, that’s us, the readers of this blog!!

Here’s a shot of St. Louis.

Chicago is not immune to the trend.

But look at Boston.



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3 responses to “Infographic: Sprawl and Gentrification in Detroit, St. Louis & Chicago

  1. James

    John, the pattern in Boston is not so much because of the Big Dig. Most of those areas with growth or decline there reflect whether the area allowed more residential building or not. Many of the blue areas in the center are areas that saw significant new construction (though in-migration of foreign immigrants and some suburbanites helped). That effect looks stronger in the suburbs where areas with the most restrictive zoning show little growth.

    Worth noting, this is the first census since 1870 in which the City of Boston grew faster than the state average.

  2. Justin

    This is very nice, but because suburban tracts are larger in size, they show up more boldly than a denser urban tract that may have had the same population increase percentage. I’d like to see the maps compensate visually for this in some way (I’m not proposing that’s it’s an easy thing to do). I think it would make the maps more representative at first glance.

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