Census Dotmap Puts a Fine Point on St. Louis

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The 2010 Census isn't new news. Locally, the City of St. Louis lost another 28,895 residents, the sixth straight decennial loss. After growing to more than 850,000, today's St. Louis numbers fewer than 320,000. The decade's loss (-8.3%) was very similar to Pittsburgh (28,859 residents, -8.6%) and Cincinnati (34,340 residents, -10.4%). Despite the city's numbers, the story that should have sounded an alarm locally was St. Louis County's loss of residents for the first time in its history. The county is the ~1,000,000 person heart of the region. Its unprecendented loss was generally greeted with a collective shrug and a denial by the "healthy" municipalities (there are 90) that there's a problem. While the Census itself is no longer news, new ways to visualize our population continue. Census Dotmap is a nationwide interactive map that displays 308,450,225 dots, one for each person counted by the 2012 Census. Following are several images from St. Louis. The site allows the user to zoom in to any location.

dotmap region
{a glance at central STL shows how relatively few people live adjacent to downtown}

dotmap
{St. Louis City/County centered on Forest Park – various parks and the railyards separating north and south are clearly visible}

dotmap county
{St. Louis County centered at I-64 and I-270 – highlights the region's sparsely populated center of wealth}

dotmap STL region
{the St. Louis Metropolitan Region}

dotmap STL region overlay
{the St. Louis region overlayed on a Google Map}

dotmap website screen
{the Census Dotmap website allows the user to zoom in on any location in the US – click image to visit site}

Previous nextSTL coverage of the 2010 Census:

Exodus Continues: St. Louis City Loses 29,000 Residents

The 2012 Census Pt I: The State of St. Louis

The 2012 Census Pt 2: The State of St. Louis

In St. Louis Population Decline No Longer Good or Bad, "It Just Is"

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  • Presbyterian

    Looking at the map, it strikes me that many of the places that often mean the most to people in St. Louis — the places that most inspire and fascinate us — are either completely filled in (Delmar Loop, Skinker-DeBaliviere, Central West End, Shaw) or completely empty (Forest Park, Tower Grove Park). The spaces in between are safe, but somehow less interesting. It’s as if we’re wired to be drawn most strongly to the urban and the rural, even if most folks choose to play it safe and split the difference.