Monday, November 3, 2008

White-Flight No More?

WaPo has an interesting piece about demographic changes in Northern Virginia that suggest a reversal of a "half a century of white-flight suburbanization."

Minorities are now responsible for more growth in the outer suburbs.

This state chart(pdf) suggests the same thing is going on here. If our math is correct, nonwhites made up 16.4 percent of the Howard County population in 1990, and 24.5 percent of the population in 2000. They are projected to make up 31.6 percent in 2010 and 36 percent in 2020.

Not that this should be a surprise to anyone. But it is interesting to observe how much things have changed from the days when Columbia's pursuit of diversity seemed so radical.

No comments: