Metropolitan Policy Program

Living Cities Census Series

Sweeping U.S. demographic changes alter the context in which urban and metropolitan policies take shape. From 2002 to 2007, the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program published the Living Cities Census Series, a major effort to illustrate how recent demographic, social, and economic trends affect the vitality of cities and metropolitan areas. Building upon prior work focused on the results of Census 2000, the series paid special attention to changes occurring during the current decade.

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Census Plus

Census Plus is a unique tool for accessing up-to-date demographic, social, economic, and housing data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau. Census Plus provides comparative rankings through 2007 on over 100 key indicators for the 100 largest U.S. cities, counties, and metro areas, and all 50 states. Elected officials, community leaders, civic and philanthropic organizations, research groups, journalists, and the general public can use Census Plus to answer important questions about the places in which they work and live.

Living Cities Databooks

As a part of the Living Cities Census Series, the Metropolitan Policy Program produced 23 databooks, one for each of the cities in which Living Cities focuses its investments. The databooks provide local leaders with a "one-stop" guide to Census 2000 by assembling key information in an accessible format.


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Living Cities Publications

Mapping the Growth of Older America: Seniors and Boomers in the Early 21st Century

Aging baby boomers constitute this decade's fastest growing age group, expanding nearly 50 percent in size from 2000 to 2010. This group—more highly educated, with more professional women, and more diverse than its predecessors—will add new stresses to suburban and Sun Belt locations where they are predominantly "retiring in place" with demands for health, transportation and other services.

Two Steps Back: City and Suburban Poverty Trends 1999-2005

During the first half of the current decade, the proportion of the U.S. population living below the poverty line rose, albeit with key differences across metropolitan areas. Notably, this report finds that for the first time in 2005 there are more poor residents of suburbs than central citites.

Using the Earned Income Tax Credit to Stimulate Local Economies

Local and regional leaders across the U.S. have come to view the EITC as a critical investment in their economies. This paper explores the benefits to families and communities that can result from actions to realize the full potential of the credit.