Denver maps present neighborhood modifications, new (and typically empty) properties, and extra from census knowledge

Have a nice week of the census everyone. The moment is a long time coming.

For a decade, residents, journalists and activists have been trying to record the city’s demographic change. We all knew that things were changing – the neighborhoods refined and denser. But there has been no real quantitative analysis since 2010. Until now.

Here’s what we know

Denver, like the rest of the country, has become less white.

If you read the headlines on Thursday about the US Census Bureau’s data loss, it was likely something like, “The number of whites in the US has fallen for the first time since 1790.” At the national level, the opioid crisis and changes in the way people identify themselves are likely causes of this shift.

Between 2010 and 2020, the percentage of Denver residents who said they identify with multiple races rose dramatically from just 4 percent to 13.5. The number of people in this city who identified themselves as “only white” fell from 70 percent to 60.

Data source: US Census Bureau

The Country Club neighborhood and the top of Washington Park were the only two boroughs in the city that were more than 95 percent of the population as

Data source: US Census Bureau

Only two census counts in the city came back predominantly “white” in 2020: the Denver Country Club neighborhood and the top of Washington Park. On a map, it’s a significant shift from 2010.

Another trend noted at the national level is the increase in people who identify as two or more races. That happened in Denver too. Between 2010 and 2020, the percentage of residents who said they identify with multiple races rose from just four percent to 13.5.

The numbers also show how gentrification has evolved across the city.

Across the city, the percentage of people who identify as Hispanic / Latino or just Black has declined since 2010.

Ten years ago, black residents made up 10 percent of the population. Now they make nine.

People who identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino (which is an ethnicity that can include any race at the census) decreased from 31 percent to 28 percent.

The real news here is changes in the places where people live.

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Data source: US Census Bureau

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There have long been complaints in Hispanic and Latin American communities that the Northside, the northwestern area of ​​Denver now commonly known as “the Highlands,” has been a cause of evictions as wealthy people move in, scrape away homes and increase property values . It was such a hot topic that a play about gentrification sold out in the neighborhoods for weeks.

Over the past decade, people who identify as Hispanic or Latino have shrunk in the Northside census areas. In the statistical district of Highland in particular, this proportion of the population rose from 37 percent to just 16.

Baker saw a similar trend for Hispanic / Latin American residents, down from 34 percent to 18 over the past decade.

(You can see all of the official neighborhood boundaries here. If you fancy a detour, read the backstory of how we got these official neighborhoods in the first place.)

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Data source: US Census Bureau

In the Five Points Clayton and Skyland neighborhoods, the number of people who identified themselves only as black declined between 2010 (left) and 2020.

Data source: US Census Bureau

The census also quantifies how many black residents have moved from historic neighborhoods as the city grew.

In Five Points, once known as the “Harlem of the West,” black residents made up 16 percent of the population in 2010. A decade later, that number had dropped to 10 percent.

The statistics paint a clearer picture for Park Hill, the three-quarters east of Colorado Boulevard that many black families moved to after the redlining rules that restricted them to five points in the early 20th century were relaxed and unwritten. In 2010, black residents made up 32 percent of all three boroughs – South Park Hill, North Park Hill, and Northeast Park Hill. Today that number has dropped to 21 percent.

While people who identify only as Black and Hispanic / Latino have become a smaller proportion of the total population, people who view their racial identities as only Asian, Indigenous, or “other” have remained fairly constant over the past decade.

We built houses here.

Downtown, the Golden Triangle area south of Civic Center Park, Montbello, and Central Park have seen the greatest growth in available housing since 2010. In the Golden Triangle in particular, many luxury (and huge) high-rise buildings have sprung up online in recent years.

But in some districts the available living space has even decreased by up to 20 percent. These trends more or less reflect the total population losses depicted in the picture at the top of this story. There will still be some digging to get to the bottom of it. We covered one reason why Elyria Swansea lost both residents and homes on the city’s northern border. Dozens of homes have been scraped off in the neighborhood to make way for the National Western Center and I-70 renovation projects. Many people who lost their homes there did not stay in Denver when they left.

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Data source: US Census Bureau

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Here’s something else that deserves a deeper look: vacant units, over 27,000 of which were recorded in the census. In the meantime, here’s a map of where they were focused. The Golden Triangle, where all of these luxury units were built, had the second most empty units on the list. The section with the most was a southern section of Five Points, where skyscrapers continue to grow along Welton Street.

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Data source: US Census Bureau

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