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East End population rising for first time since at least 1990

December 3, 2015 1:25 pm by

The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest American Community Survey five-year statistics today, offering a snapshot of the community social and economic characteristics previously only available once a decade from the census. As the nation’s largest ongoing household survey, the American Community Survey produces statistics annually at all levels of geography, down to the block group level for every community in the nation and Puerto Rico.

Some take-aways:

  • Richmond’s population is estimated to be 211,063, up 3.4% from the official 2010 talley of 204,214
  • The East End’s population is estimated to be 26,985, up 2.69% from 2010. This is the first time since at least 1990 that the population of the East End has not fallen.
  • In 2010, tracts 205, 206, and 208 flipped to become white-majority. In this current tally, these are also the 3 tracts with the lowest percentage of the population as children (see below).
  • There have been population increases virtually across the entire area with the exception of Whitcomb, and Mosby South/Brauers/Fairmount.
  • The population in Chimborazo/Oakwood jumped 29%.
  • The decline in the Mosby South/Brauers/Fairmount area was enough to offset the gains everywhere else. (I’m having a difficult seeing how there are 1,500 fewer residents in that area, for real. – John)

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East End Population by Census Tract  (1990-2014)

East End Population by Census Tract (1990-2014)

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Census Tract Population and Percentage which are Children (2014)

Census Tract Population and Percentage which are Children (2014)

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East End Census Tracts (Richmond VA)

East End Census Tracts (Richmond VA)

For the sake of the math, this tally includes the 12 census tracts in the city east of I-95, south of I-64, and north of the James River (map PDF).


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