Thursday, August 2, 2012

Article Review: Urban Living or Urban Lieing? You Be the Judge

I'm taking a break from the day-to-day for a few days and article and blog reviews are the diet for that period of time.  Enjoy.

I stumbled on this article from website, a website that likes to tout smart growth in Ohio and plugs urban living in everything it spews.  The article is titled "Urban Attraction in Ohio."

The piece purported a "6.04% increase in urban living by Generation Y" between 2000 and 2010 in Columbus. The piece purports that this stat and other ones that have the Census as the source are signs of a trend toward increased urban living.

Consider these facts instead:

Generation Y was born between, roughly, 1981 and 1996.  The article used 2000 as the last year of that generation.

Columbus is home to Ohio State University and the Census, in 2010, essentially forced people to show college students where they went to college rather than their permanent residence. 

Generation Y didn't have many college students in 2000, but sure did by 2010.

So, why didn't the Generation Y population in Columbus increase more than 6.04%?

You be the judge.

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