LCI Areas Account for 37% of Region’s Population

Now that the 2010 US Census data is available for download, it is hard not to spend considerable time doing various analyses with the new data.

The latest example: I just recently ran an analysis of block group population data contained within LCI areas, as compared to the region as a whole (region being defined by the MPO boundary for this first analysis). Keep in mind the numbers are approximate since the LCI study boundaries do not follow block group lines. But regardless, the results are pretty cool!

There are currently 107 active LCI study areas within the MPO  (MPO stands for Metropolitan Planning Organization;  ARC is the designated MPO for transportation planning agency for all or parts of 18 counties). LCI study areas vary in size, ranging from about 100 acres all the way up to  8,000+ acres. Yet the land area of LCIs accounts for just over 4 percent of the land area within the entire MPO boundary.

Using 2010 census data, I ran the numbers to see how much of the region’s population is located in an LCI community. According to the data, around 33 percent of the MPOs approximately 4.8 million residents are located within an LCI area. While this is encouraging, as it shows a good number of the region’s population is locating within the existing activity centers, town centers and corridors, I also took the analysis one step further to look at whether this changes when considering the smaller ten county region of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta, since this is where the majority of LCI communities (98 of the 107) are located.

Within these ten core counties, LCI land area accounts for roughly 6 percent of the 1,933,188 acres of land. According to the 2010 Census data, more than 4 million people reside within these 10 counties and roughly 37 percent of these residents are located within an existing LCI area.

Now we want to hear from you. What sort of analysis have you done with 2010 Census data? Are there any analyses you would like ARC to do?

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