The Changing State of Metropolitan America

The Brookings’ Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Program has put out a really interesting report on the State of Metropolitan America. The nine chapters (available in summary form online or as downloadable pdfs for the full text) “correspond to nine of the most important subjects tracked by the Census Bureau in its annual American Community Survey”:

Population and Migration follows the population growth and decline of U.S. places over the decade, and how the movement of people—from next-door communities, from other parts of the country, and from abroad—contributed to these trends.

Race and Ethnicity analyzes the changing racial (e.g., white, black, Asian) and ethnic (e.g., Hispanic) composition of our population, includ ing the patterns of growth and decline in these groups in different corners of the nation.

Race and Ethnicity analyzes the changing racial (e.g., white, black, Asian) and ethnic (e.g., Hispanic) composition of our population, includ ing the patterns of growth and decline in these groups in different corners of the nation.

Immigration focuses on America’s foreign-born population, both citizens and non-citizens: their growth, where they live, their characteristics, and the growing demographic influence of their children.

Age looks at the shifting balance between older and younger Americans across the country, especially as the baby boom generation—Ameri ca’s largest—approaches seniorhood.

Households and Families examines who makes up the fundamental units of our society, how their structures are changing over time, and how they relate to the different racial/ethnic and age profiles of America’s communities.

Educational Attainment profiles the educa tional status of adults (how much schooling they have completed, their enrollment in higher education), identifies differences by age and and relates these to the underlying economic features of regions.

Work analyzes two sets of indicators on the sta¬tus of America’s labor force: the wages earned by differently compensated workers; and rates of unemployment, which reflect the varying degrees of economic pain experienced by different parts of the country.

Income and Poverty portrays trends in the economic well-being of typical households, the size of the “middle class,” and the location and characteristics of America’s sizeable and growing poor population.
Commuting details how we get to work, how those patterns have changed over time, and the factors contributing to the sizeable differences among communities in how workers undertake those daily trips.

At the chapter index you’ll find links to synopses for each of those topics above, as well as links to full versions of each chapter. There’s a report overview here. And the Post’s Carol Morello has a summary piece on the changing picture of the American suburbs, especially in the DC region. What may be especially interesting to consider is the way some of our perceptions about suburbs and metropolitan areas aren’t keeping pace with the emerging demographic realities.

–Jeff Prudhomme

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