By: John Besl
There are numerous differences between the core of the Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN MSA and the outlying suburban areas, some of which are counterin tuitive and surprising. Through an examination of data available from the American Community Survey and the Census Bureau’s Population Estimate Program, we are able to divide and explore the differences between our region's three distinct component areas: core, inner ring, and outer ring (see “A Chartbook of Core-Suburban Disparities in the Cincinnati MSA” for an explanation of each category).
This examination has yielded an interesting picture of our various geographical sub-regions. For example, although the Cincinnati MSA as a whole has experienced an 8.1% growth rate for 2000-2009 (Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program), Hamilton County has only had 1.2% growth rate, which compared to the inner ring of counties 14.1%, seems anemic. In addition to differences in the number of people in an area, the demographic composition varies widely as well. While the region as a whole experienced marginal increases among minority groups, the outer ring of counties had an increase of at least 50% for each minority group, though the racial makeup of the area is still dominantly white.
This topic, along with employment and insurance rates, infant mortality, educational attainment, and poverty, are all explored more extensively in John Besl’s white paper, titled “A Chartbook of Core-Suburban Disparities in the Cincinnati MSA”.