If you’ve lived in the same city or town for the past 10 or more years, you are probably well aware that the 2010s were a decade of change. Many neighborhoods across the country are virtually unrecognizable from what they looked like at the start of the decade, thanks to factors such as aggressive development and gentrification. And with these factors, of course, major changes in the demographics of the population come with it.
So how much has your neighborhood changed? Now you can find out with help from Esri, a spatial analysis and mapping software company, including the new interactive map visualizes population changes across the United States between 2010 and 2019.
Using data from Esri’s team of demographers (who organize population estimates and projections using decennial census data as a benchmark), the map shows which areas have grown faster in population and which have grown more slowly. compared to the national average of 7.5%. Fast growing areas are rendered in cyan while slow growing areas are displayed in red. Areas where the population has decreases are seen in brighter red.
An overview of the whole country shows what we can expect: People continue to flow south and southwest, showing faster growing bands in states like Florida and the Texas.
But things get even more interesting when you zoom in. The map becomes more detailed the closer you get to it, and since census data is measured on an area-by-area basis, it is possible to gain very compelling insight into how cities and neighborhoods have changed over the years. 2010s.
The New York metropolitan area, for example, shows large chunks of faster growing growth in New Jersey neighborhoods along the Hudson River and Brooklyn neighborhoods along the East River. During this time, much of Manhattan has stayed at about the same rate as the average population growth, except for the shards along the far west and lower tip of the island, which have experienced much faster growth.
The map is searchable, so you can search any region of the country by name or zip code. And if you click on the map, you will get detailed data specific to the area you clicked on.
Consult the menu here or via the embed above. For demographics nerds, this is a much nicer way to spend the day than keeping up with the news cycle.
This article has been updated with additional context on Esri’s demographic methodology.