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Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, City Growth and the 2000 Census: Which Places Grew, and Why (May 2001.) The growth of cities in the 1990s has generated headlines lately, but what factors contributed to population growth?  Why have some cities gained while others lost?  A variety of attributes that a particular city might have had in 1990 can explain whether it grew or shrunk over the decade. Some of these attributes are susceptible to policy fixes, while others are not. This survey, uses 2000 Census data to examine and explain the patterns that describe which cities grew in the last decade and which did not.  
Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, The Implications of Changing U.S. Demographics for Housing Choice and Location in U.S. Cities (March 2001.)

Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Racial Segregation in the 2000 Census: Promising News (April 2001.)

Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Racial Change in the Nation's Largest Cities: Evidence from the 2000 Census (May 2001.)

Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Downtown Rebound (Rebecca R. Sohmer and Robert E. Lang. May 2001.)

Cox, Wendell, Demographic Briefs: U.S. Urbanized Population and Density Trends: 1950-1990, (Belleville, IL: Wendell Cox Consultancy, 1996.)

Cox, Wendell. Demographic Briefs: U.S Urbanized Area Population and Procedures in Effect Since July 1, 1970. University of Toledo, for the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, 1973.

Economic and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce. Geophysical Mobility: March 1995 to March 1996. December, 1997.

Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest. Portrait of Sprawl: Northeastern Illinois Population Change. Chicago, IL: Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest.

Fannie Mae Foundation. The Urban Turnaround: A Decade-by-Decade Report Card on Postwar Population Change in Older Industrial Cities, Fannie Mae Foundation: Washington D.C., April 2001.

Frey, William and Elaine Fielding. Changing Urban Populations, Regional Restructuring, Racial Polarization, and Poverty Concentration. Population Studies Center, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, February 1994.

Sierra Club. Stop Sprawl: New Research on Population, Suburban Sprawl and Smart Growth, Washington, DC: Sierra Club, March 2001.

"Population Increase Highest in Western States,"The Washington Post, January 1, 1998, p. A14.

"South, West U.S. Had Fastest Population Rise in 1998," Bloomberg News, March 12, 1999.

"Americans trade urban bustle for rural life," Christian Science Monitor, April 4, 2001.

"West's growth still tops, census finds," Denver Post, April 3, 2001.

"Cities still losing whites, wealth," Christian Science Monitor, April 17, 2001.

"In Southwest, more whites find big-city life appealing," Christian Science Monitor, April 17, 2001.

"Columbus Blazes a Trail for '21st Century Cities'," Los Angeles Times. May 1, 2001.

"Bit by Bit, Tiny Morland, Kan., Fades Away," New York Times. May 10, 2001.

"Welcome to the 'Exit Ramp' Economy," Boston Globe. May 13, 2001.

"Married-With-Children Still Fading," The Washington Post. May 14, 2001.

Alternatives to Growth Oregon
PO Box 80334
Portland, OR 97280-1334
Tel: 503-222-0282

National Audubon Society
Population and Habitat Campaign
3109 28th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Tel: 303-442-2600

Population Action International
1120 19th Street, NW, Suite 550; 
Washington, DC 20036 USA;
Tel: 202- 659-1833

Population Institute
107 Second St., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Tel: 800- 787-0038, 202-544-3300

U.S. Bureau of the Census

Worldwatch Institute
1776 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-1904
Tel: 202-452-1999

Zero Population Growth
1400 Sixteenth Street, N.W.
Suite 320
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: 202-332-2200
Toll free 1-800-POP-1956