Wednesday, April 1

A century of growth in Charlottesville-Albemarle

I thought this U.S. Census data of all of the counties in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District tell and interesting story of the last century. I've matched the growth trends up with certain events that may help put the population characteristics into historical context.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, other than noting the obvious nexus in 1970. It looks like the pre-1970 centripetal force switched to a centrifugal force right around this time.

Update: I should have pointed out that the 2007 numbers are estimates the Census Bureau made based on sampling certain metrics. Daily Progress reports today that Charlottesville is gearing up for the 2010 census. Better numbers are on their way ...


Grumpy Marketing Guy said...

Daniel - These numbers are helpful.

Perhaps to put this in context, I would suggest the "peer" communities that Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville regularly use be tracked in addition to ROVA (Rest of Virginia).

This may also help inform the context of the statistics you cite.

LH said...

Daniel, the chart is very interesting. It would be interesting to see what other metro areas' lines look like.