Columbia's blight debate: Old data used to examine poverty, population

Sunday, May 20, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:51 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 21, 2012

COLUMBIA — Some citizens are concerned that 12-year-old demographic data might paint an inaccurate portrait of Columbia and Boone County. The city's population has grown about 30 percent from 2000 to 2010.

This map shows the population change and poverty rate in the various parts of Boone County. Poverty data is from the 2006-2010 file of the American Community Survey, which is administered by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: American Community Survey and the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis

Columbia's blight debate

Main article | Columbia residents worry about property values and eminent domain in neighborhoods designated as blighted. Proponents of an enhanced enterprise zone insist the worries are unfounded and that the city needs to offer incentives to attract manufacturing jobs.

Chart | How enhanced enterprise zones benefit businesses

Jobs | Effectiveness of enhanced enterprise zones uncertain

Timeline | Enhanced enterprise zone debate

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