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America's Cities: Situation & Outlook
  .. the path forward .. planning for the future

June 2020 .. in April 2019, the employment in Houston, TX was 1,111,283 with an unemployment rate of 3.2%. In April 2020, the employment in Houston, TX was 927,105 with an unemployment rate of 14.9% (underestimated?). What will the 2020 annual look like? 2021? There are many paths to get to 2021 and beyond. What policy and action measures might work best? What about your cities of interest?

Houston characteristics: Demographic .. Social .. Economic .. Housing
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The pandemic impacts on America's cities in different ways .. some experiencing little change, others with massive change. When, where and how will these disparate patterns change in cities and communities of interest? How might this change impact you and your community? A comprehensive plan needs to be developed and set in motion to achieve best outcomes. This section provides access to tools and data that stakeholders can use to examine America's cities demographic-economic characteristics and trends. Examine cities of interest. Use ProximityOne data, tools, methods and advisory services to achieve improved results.

Of the nation's 327.2 million people, an estimated 206.0 million (62.9%) live within an incorporated place. Of approximately 19,500 incorporated places, about 76 percent had fewer than 5,000 people and nearly 50 percent had fewer than 1,000 people. Examine characteristics of individual city population trends and compare cities in states, regions and peer groups using the interactive table below.

Patterns of Economic Prosperity; Cities 50,000 Population or More
The following view shows cities with 2019 population of 50,000 or more as markers .. mainly principal cities of metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). Nationally, there are 69 cities with 2019 population of 5,000 or more (determine using interactive table below). The marker color shows the median household income; see inset legend. Click graphic for larger view; expand window to full screen.

- View developed using the ProximityOne CV XE GIS software.

Patterns of Economic Prosperity; Cities 5,000 Population or More
  - zoom-in to Dallas Metro
The following view shows cities with 2019 population of 5,000 or more as polygons/city boundary-area in the Dallas metro area. There are 201 cities that intersect with the Dallas metro (code 19100); 96 of these cities have a population greater than 5,000 (determine using interactive table below). The color patterns show the median household income range; see inset legend. Click graphic for larger view; expand window to full screen.

- View developed using the ProximityOne CV XE GIS software.

Patterns of Economic Prosperity by Neighborhood & Adjacent Areas
The following view shows patterns of median household income by block group (sub-neighborhoods) within city (bold black boundary) in the Dallas County, TX area. In examining the situation & outlook for a city it is important to examine characteristics of drill-down geography and adjacent cities/areas. Inset legend shows median household income color intervals. Click graphic for larger view; expand window to full screen. In the larger view, a cross-hatch pattern is applied to Dallas city. It is easier to see how Dallas city is comprised of a core area as well as outlying areas and extends into adjacent counties.

- View developed using the ProximityOne CV XE GIS software.

City Demographic Trends 2010-19 & Characteristics Interactive Table
  See usage notes below ranking table. See related interactive tables.
  Rank on any column by clicking column header; use mouse-over on column header to view description of item.
  Use horizontal bar, slide right, to view 2019 population, 2010-19 change and percent change.
  .. use buttons below table for selective columns view.

Usage Notes
  • Click ShowAll between queries/filters.
  • Use left-most column to select by state.
  • Find in Name button; click ShowAll button first
    .. click Find in Name button to search column 1 for text in edit box.
    .. text entered in edit box is case sensitive.
    .. partial names are okay to use.
    .. click with default value to view all rows with "Houston" (no quotes)
  • Find in CBSA button; click ShowAll button first
    .. click Find in CBSA button to search column 6 for text in edit box.
    .. text entered in edit box must be the 5-character CBSA code.
    .. click with default value to view all rows with "26420" (no quotes)
        ... 26420 is the Houston, TX metro CBSA code
    .. enter the CBSA code for a metro of interest see list of codes.

  • Find in County button; click ShowAll button first
    .. click FindCounty button to search column 5 for text in edit box.
    .. text entered in edit box must be the 5-character state+county FIPS code.
    .. click with default value to view all rows with "48201" (no quotes)
        ... 48201 is the Harris County, TX state+county FIPS code
    .. enter the state+county FIPS code for county of interest see list of codes.

Selected columns buttons
  • Annual Population - click to view the set of all years and 2010-19 change columns.

  • Population Min & Max> button
    .. click to show only peer group counties based on values
        in min and max edit boxes.
    .. enter the minimum 2019 population in the left edit box.
    .. enter the maximum 2019 population in the right edit box.
  • Click ShowAll between queries/filters.

Using the U.S. by Cities Shapefile with Integrated Demographics .. goto top
The U.S. by city/place shapefile is developed/updated annually as part of the Census Bureau TIGER/Line digital map database. It is the most authoritative and up-to-date source of annually updated incorporated city boundaries. ProximityOne integrates the city population annual time series estimates into the smoothed version of the national U.S. by place shapefile.

Users of the CV XE GIS Level 2 or Level 3 software with an active support license may download the U.S. by place shapefile at no fee. The U.S. by place shapefile with integrated estimates may be used with any software that can process shapefiles.

About These Data -- goto top
City and sub-county population estimates are developed annually by the Census Bureau. The model-based estimates are normally released in May (e.g., 7/1/19 estimates released in May 2020). Population estimates are for incorporated cities with boundaries as defined as of January 1, 2019.

Incorporated Cities/Places
The legal designations, powers, and functions of incorporated places vary from state to state. Incorporated places include cities, towns (except in New England, New York, and Wisconsin where towns are county administrative subdivision), boroughs (except in Alaska where boroughs are treated as equivalents of counties and New York where five boroughs comprise New York City) and villages. Incorporated places can cross county boundaries.

ProximityOne assigns each city to a county and CBSA/metro (if located in a CBSA). The county is assigned using a U.S. by city point shapefile. The county is assigned to a city for the county that contains the city point (internal area latitude-longitude). The CBSA code is assigned based on the county code (all CBSAs are comprised of one of more counties).

Data in Excel/Database Structure
Data shown in the table are available in the form of Excel, CSV or DBF structure. Users of the shapefile (described above may use the dbf part of the shapefile for tabular/spread-type analysis and to integrate with other data.

Comparing Cities Side-by-Side -- goto top
With CV XE GIS running using the US1 GIS project open, compare any number of cities side-by-side and save the results in a spreadsheet file.

Item Descriptions for CV XE GIS Comparative Analysis -- scroll section
- Place Name
- St
- Place Code
- County Code
- City Type
- Metro Code
- Land SqMi
- Water SqMi
- Population 2010
- Population 2011
- Population 2012
- Population 2013
- Population 2014
- Population 2015
- Population 2016
- Population 2017
- Population 2018
- Population 2019
- Pop Chg 2010-19
- %Pop Chg 2010-19
- Pop Chg 2018-19
- %Pop Chg 2018-19
ACS 2018 5-year estimates
- Population
- Male
- Female
- White alone
- Black alone
- American Indian/Alaska Native alone
- Asian alone
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
- Other Race
- Two or more races
- Hispanic (of any race)
- Population 65yrs or older
- Population in Households
- Total Households
- Family Households
- Population 25 yrs or older
- HS Graduate or higher
- Bachelor Degree or higher
- %HS Graduate or higher
- %Bachelor Degree or higher
- Total Housing Units
- Owner Occupied Units
- Renter Occupied Units
- Vacant Units
- Median Household Income
- Median Family Income
- Housing Value
- Median Rent

Item names starting with "ACS18" are American Community Survey 5-year estimates (ACS 2018). Geographic items based on 2019 TIGER/line data. Other items based on Census 7/1/19 vintage model-based estimates released May 2020 (included in above table).

The following applications illustrate using the CV XE GIS tools to compare cities (an optional view created with CV XE GIS query settings on the cities layer):

Support Using these Resources .. goto top
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ProximityOne User Group .. goto top
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Additional Information .. goto top
ProximityOne develops geographic-demographic-economic data and analytical tools and helps organizations knit together and use diverse data in a decision-making and analytical framework. We develop custom demographic/economic estimates and projections, develop geographic and geocoded address files, and assist with impact and geospatial analyses. Wide-ranging organizations use our software, data and methodologies to analyze their own data integrated with other data. Follow ProximityOne on Twitter at Contact ProximityOne (888-364-7656) with questions about data covered in this section or to discuss custom estimates, projections or analyses for your areas of interest.

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