The element that caught my attention was
What does all this mean? Well, for a city that many thought was headed the way of
However, the Pew data shows a positive indicator, in that regard. According to the Pew report,
Also interesting is the fact that
This is the most pertinent information to
The Pew report shows a breakdown of who lives where and who would like to live where. The data is broken down by age, gender, family income, race/ethnicity, education, and political party identification. The who-lives-where and the who-wants-to-live-where are pretty similar. Despite the fact that most people surveyed said they would like to live somewhere else, their ideal living environment (city, suburb, small town, rural) seemed to match where they actually lived.
However, there was one notable variance to this: respondents age 18-29 want to live in cities. Currently 28% of that age group reported living in a city, whereas 40% of that group reported wanting to live in a city. That was by far the highest jump between the two sections for any age group or living type area. Those of us who deal with urban demographics know that there is a new preference for young people to live in cities, but did we realize that the figure was so high?
A final tidbit has to do with political preference. Since 1952
First of all, those preference numbers are pretty high (
In any case, that’s enough number crunching for one day. If you want more, check out the full report Here.