A new estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau says more than 5,300 people left the Baltimore city limits between 2016 and 2017, equal to just shy of 1 percent of the city’s population.
Baltimore City is bleeding residents, according to new U.S. Census figures released today.
Baltimore’s such a complicated place. That’s true for a lot of reasons, but the newly-released census data tells a more simple story. Baltimore is poor, while all its surrounding counties are rich — quite rich, in fact.
In fact, six of the ten richest counties in the country are located in Maryland and Virginia, essentially in the DC suburbs. That’s a concentration of wealth that the Atlantic calls “truly astonishing.” Meanwhile, as James Briggs writes in the Baltimore Business Journal, “Baltimore looks like an island of poverty.”
We’ve talked about Baltimore’s segregation problem here before, but there’s something about seeing a simple visual representation, as in the map above (by Eric Fischer, via Business Insider), that lays bare the geographic divisions that dominate our city. [The red dots show white people, blue is black, orange is Hispanic, green is Asian, and yellow is other, according to 2010 census data.]
As you probably know, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has made it her mission to increase Baltimore’s population by 10,000 families over the next 10 years (or wait, was it 10 families over the next 10,000 years? — yeah, that sounds more realistic). Well, she sees immigrants, particularly Latinos, as key to achieving that goal, and with good reason. In the 2010 census, most cities that showed population growth could credit it mainly to their Latino residents.
And you thought Baltimor Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s goal of attracting 22,500 new residents to Baltimore in the next ten years was tough enough already. And now the U.S. Census Bureau has used data on housing units, number of people moving, births, and deaths to determine that Baltimore’s population dropped by approximately 1,500 people between April 2010 and July 2011.
That means we were hemorrhaging 100 people a month. And if the population naturally continues on that downward trend, then even if we attract 22,500 new residents (or 10,000 new families) to Baltimore over the next 120 months, its impact will be undermined by the steady exodus.
More people are living alone than ever before — and the long building global trend is suddenly gaining more media coverage by the month. Maybe you’ve read that one in three Americans lives solo? In 2000, it was already one in four. The percentage of single-dwellers in the U.S. has doubled since 1960. In Sweden, 47 percent of households are single-occupant. In the following American cities more than 40 percent of households house a total of one: Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Denver, St. Louis, and Seattle. In Manhattan almost 50 percent of singletons are kicking it singly.
I suppose I hadn’t really thought much about the trend’s implications until I came across the NYTimes review of Eric Klinenberg’s new book Going Solo, in which Klinenberg an ethnographer discusses why more folks are choosing “solitude” and why we, as a society, should and should not be worried about it.
Apparently the U.S. Census Bureau miscounted. In August, the agency reported roughly 17,000 same sex couples living in Maryland. Now, according to an article in The Sun, they’ve revised the number to 12,500.
The bureau claims that the discrepancy is due to human error in recording information onto the forms, particularly in the “name” and “sex” fields.
But even the lower, revised statistic shows a 78 percent increase in gay couples living Maryland since the 2000 census. According to demographer Gary Gates, much of that statistical increase can be credited to gay couples being more willing to disclose their sexuality in 2010 than they were ten years prior.