FiveThirtyEight takes on Austin gentrification

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FiveThirtyEight, the brainchild of statistics icon Nate Silver, on Monday published their take on booming Austin’s African-American population decrease. Titled “It’s Foolish To Define Austin By Its City Limits” — get it? like the television show — writer Kirk Goldsberry takes issue with how the term “shrinking population” is used in discussions of the city’s demographic trends. According to Goldsberry, it’s misleading to characterize the decrease in African-American residents within city limits as an overall shrinkage, since the population within the greater Census area has increased over time. From FiveThirtyEight:

So, it’s incorrect to say greater Austin is experiencing a net loss in its black population, but it’s accurate to suggest some important changes are happening. Those changes have names: gentrification and suburbanization. … By any definition, there are more black residents in and around Austin than there were in 2000. The five counties that combine to create the census statistical…

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