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Demographic changes in Richmond 2000-2018 by census tract

From the Truck Bike Blog:

“The maps illustrate the change in Black, White, and Hispanic & Latino populations in each census tract from 2000-2018. For example, if Group A was 50% of the population in 2000 and 35% of the population in 2018,
their change would be -15% (they make up 15% less of the overall population than before).

For a specific example, look at Census Tract 208 (the Libby Hill/Chimborazo area in the East End). In 2000, 63% of the tract population was Black, while in 2018, 19% of the tract population was Black. This makes for a change in percentage of -44%. For this same time, the White population change is +41% and Hispanic & Latino change is +1%. These numbers describe the change for an area where the population went from 63% Black to 75% White from 2000 to 2018.”

1 comment

MJ 06/10/2020 at 1:05 PM

I think more than just percentages matter. While I can’t vouch all the way back to 2000, I have lived on my block near Chimborazo for over 7 years. When I moved to the block there were 26 parcels on the block that either were occupied homes, vacant homes, or vacant lots. This analysis excludes the church and the one vacant lot they owned as those are not residential.

in 2013 the composition was 7 vacant lots, 7 vacant homes, and 12 occupied homes. 8 of the 12 occupied homes were occupied by black residents. So 66%.

in 2020 the composition is zero vacant lots, 1 vacant home and 25 occupied homes. Six of the occupied homes are occupied by black residents. But there is a caveat that the one still vacant home is owned by an african american family that inherited from their mother who died a couple years back. Still, I’ll leave that one out of the calculations as I’m sure the census numbers would….

So the number of black occupied housing units on the street has only decreased by two in 7 years.

But because so many other houses on the block are now occupied they represent 6 of 25 rather than 8 of 12. So the percent has gone down from 66% to 24%. On a percentage basis that seems outrageous to some I’m sure. But its really only two fewer units with the fact that investment to the block ramped up the denominator…


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