While Andrea was having an inexplicably good time at City Hall -- where, apparently, it's open bar during committee meetings now -- I was been reading the Brookings Institution's The State of Metropolitan America report released yesterday. It's been getting lot of attention, for the most part, because the Associated Press honed in on one key finding: "White flight? Suburbs lose young whites to cities." Which is just one part of the massive study's findings.
So I've gone through and excerpted almost every mention of Dallas -- or, as we're referred to in the study, a so-called "Next Frontier" -- and the city's ever-shifting demographics. Though, if you'd like to read all 168 pages, well, feel free. Context is everything, after all. And I didn't pull out all the charts and graphs and maps. Well, except the one at top. For Schutze. I swear I've got a cover story to get working on.
From the Population & Migration section:
- Among the seven additional metro areas with populations exceeding 5 million, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston increased their populations by more than one-fifth.
- Large metro areas in Texas, including Dallas, Houston, and Austin, exhibit an entirely different pattern. They experienced far greater net in-migration in the latter years of the decade, at the same time that the migration bubble popped in Florida metro areas. Those Texas areas did not experience the same run-up in home prices and speculative mortgage lending seen throughout most of Florida.
- Dallas and Houston showed steadily declining, though positive and significant, levels of migration from abroad. Unlike ... other gateways, however, net domestic migration to these metro areas remained mostly positive throughout, and in recent years contributed more to these areas' population gains than international migration.
From the Race & Ethnicity section:
- Fast-growing areas of the South like Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. ranked among the largest gainers of Asian and Hispanic population from 2000 to 2008.
- Riverside [California] ranked first in total Hispanic gains from 2000 to 2008, owing in part to its attraction of Hispanics from nearby Los Angeles. The Texas metro areas of Dallas and Houston follow Riverside in registering the largest Hispanic gains.
- As with Hispanics, the largest gateways have garnered a lower share of recent Asian gains. They drew less than half (44 percent) of Asian population gains from 2000 to 2008, compared with 53 percent in the 1990s. Dallas and Riverside, two metro areas not among those with the most Asians, ranked 7th and 10th, respectively, among those gaining the most Asians this past decade.
- Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Dallas rank sixth, ninth, and 25th, respectively, on the share of black adults with a bachelor's degree, whereas Philadelphia and Detroit rank, respectively, 59th and 79th.
- Consequently, metropolitan areas among the nation's 100 largest exhibited both significant gains and losses of white population during the 2000s. Those with the largest gains included metropolitan areas in the South and West, such as Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, and Raleigh.
From the Immigration section:
- Among the 15 metro areas with the largest number of immigrants, only four posted significant, positive growth in their foreign-born populations between 2007 and 2008 (Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Seattle).
- These metro areas, such as Phoenix and Las Vegas in the Intermountain West, saw many immigrant newcomers join the once burgeoning construction sector and associated industries only to witness a significant outflow in the past year. Other Sun Belt metro areas -- such as Atlanta, Dallas, and Charlotte, also relatively new destinations -- saw continued growth in immigration during the past year.
From the Age section:
- At the other extreme are states and metro areas with low senior population shares. These are usually areas that experienced recent rapid growth of seniors alongside continued growth in their younger populations. Thus Provo, Austin, Raleigh, Houston, Atlanta, and Dallas have senior shares below 9 percent of population, even as they rank among the leaders in recent senior population growth.
- Due largely to "aging in place," senior populations in major metropolitan areas such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles are projected to grow by at least 10 percent over each five-year period from 2010 to 2030. Growth rates are projected to be higher still in booming Sun Belt markets like Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta.
- With boomer-dominated pre-senior populations now residing in Southern and Western metropolitan areas and suburbs in large numbers, relatively well-off older populations should emerge in areas like Charlotte, Dallas, and Atlanta -- places heretofore known primarily for their youthful profile. These populations may create demands for new types of housing and cultural amenities, and may continue to fuel the economic and civic growth of these areas as they remain involved in the labor force.
From the Work section:
- Size also related to wage inequality, with New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Miami, and Dallas all ranking among the metro areas with the highest levels of wage inequality.
From the Income & Poverty section:
- Suburbs accounted for a majority of this middle-class decline in metropolitan areas in the 2000s. Led by metro areas like Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, and Dallas, suburbs saw their middle-class share of households drop by 1.8 percentage points between 1999 and 2008, compared to a decline of 1.5 percentage points in primary cities.