ERIC Number: ED447232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The State of the Cities, 2000: Megaforces Shaping the Future of the Nation's Cities. Fourth Annual Report.
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.
This report, fourth in a series, recounts the most recent data on indicators of the social and economic vitality of U.S. cities and positions the Administration's urban policy agenda to address challenges confronting cities. This year the report identifies four megaforces that are shaping the future of U.S. cities and presents findings showing their impact. The first force is the new high-risk global economy that has been a driver of recent economic expansion in the United States. New technologies, coupled with greater productivity, have produced record economic gains along with new opportunities and risks for U.S. cities and suburbs. New data find that high-tech employment is growing faster in suburbs than in cities, though the proportion of new jobs that are in high tech is larger in cities than in the suburbs. The second force is the new demography that is reshaping cities. The United States is growing more ethnically and racially diverse. The elderly population is growing dramatically in both cities and suburbs, and a disproportionate number of the elderly poor live in cities. The third force is the new housing challenge that is presenting threats to housing affordability. The final force is the trend toward continued decentralization, the continuing shift of jobs and people to the metropolitan edge. This trend threatens the stability of existing communities and the development of new livable and sustainable communities. The findings about these four megaforces use data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2000 State of the Cities Database, which tracks employment, population, and other demographic trends in more than 300 metropolitan areas. One appendix contains budget highlights for fiscal year 2000, and the other contains individual city and suburb results for 2000. (Contains 8 tables and 35 exhibits.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.