At A Glance

Our regular publication series provides in-depth demographic analysis of a wide range of topics. These research reports focus on the numbers, and provide careful and formal analyses of what the numbers tell us. In addition, our researchers address subjects within their professional expertise and individual passions on a more informal basis through our blog. To view all of our reports, visit our Archived Reports page.

Poverty and postsecondary students in college towns

03/07/2016 | Luke Juday
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Across the U.S., college towns—localities home to large populations of post-secondary students—display high rates of poverty that may not reliably capture the level of persistent need among non-student residents. This report explains why formal techniques may be insufficient for understanding poverty in Virginia college towns and offers an alternative method for measuring the level of need among the non-student population in these localities.

View how to modify poverty calculations, for detailed instructions on how to compare official poverty rates with non-student poverty rates using publicly-available Census Bureau data.

Projecting Cancer Incidence in Virginia

04/21/2015 | Shonel Sen
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Cancer is a leading cause of death in Virginia. Between 2001 and 2010, more than 300,000 new cancer cases were diagnosed. While steady and significant progress has been made in cancer diagnostic techniques, treatment, and survival, the impact of cancer on the lives of individuals and their families—and on the Commonwealth—is notable.

View our data, methodology and interactive maps.

The Changing Shape of American Cities

02/25/2015 | Luke Juday
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This report describes demographic changes that have taken place in U.S. metropolitan areas since 1990 by looking at the spatial distribution of residents by income, education, age, etc. relative to the center of the city. Across the nation, city centers have become more attractive to younger, educated residents than they were in 1990. The largest population growth, also driven by educated, high-income residents, is still happening at the periphery, creating an inner ring of urban areas and older suburbs where wealth and education levels are stagnant.