Erroneous Claim: Baby Boomers Moving to Urban Cores: Washington Post

Comment on: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-kids-gone-aging-baby-boomers-opt-for-city-life/2013/08/05/1a21c1b2-fba7-11e2-a369-d1954abcb7e3_story.html?hpid=z3

Actually the claim that 1,000,000 baby boomers moved to within 5 miles of downtown in the 50 largest cities between 2000 and 2010 is patently false. Census Bureau data shows that there was a 66,000 loss in population within 5 miles of the city halls of the 51 metropolitan areas over 1,000,000 population. See: “Flocking Elsewhere: The Downtown Growth Story,” http://www.newgeography.com/content/003108-flocking-elsewhere-the-downtown-growth-story.

There is no way a net 1,000,000 baby boomers could have moved so close to downtown, and the data shows it. The actual census data on baby boomers shows a loss of more than 1 million boomers inside the core cities, which largely include this 5 mile radius.

The authoritative source for such data is the United States Census Bureau (which is the source of the data referenced here).

Also see: Similar Wall Street Journal Error

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