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U.S. Census shows major population growth in downtown areas
Most downtown areas in big cities are increasing in younger and minority populations
by WKSU's OZIE IKUENOBE

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Ozie Ikuenobe
 

A U.S. Census Bureau report shows double digit population growth in cities across America in the past 10 years.

In cities like Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. downtown areas are growing faster than the suburbs. The census also showed that most of these populations were younger and had an increase in African Americans and Hispanics.

Mittie Davis Jones, an urban studies professor at Cleveland State University, says people are also moving to downtown Cleveland. She attributes the increase to the erosion of racial barriers.

Jones on the population growth

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“The eastside of Cleveland has traditionally been where the African-American population would live. The west side has been where the white population would live and the Hispanic population would kind of live primarily on the near west side of Cleveland. Downtown is maybe the place where all these communities kind of intersect, because it overlaps, east and west.”

Jones says the increase in available living options in downtown Cleveland also makes the area more attractive to people. Two cities in Ohio went against the trend. The census shows Dayton and Toledo saw declines in downtown populations.

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