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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

City Population Increases/Decreases by ZIP Code

According to a new study of St. Louis Public Schools by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), St. Louis's population change from 2000-2008 shows a city with fewer school-aged children (an 8.4% decline), yet slightly more residents overall.

How does it break down by ZIP code (click here for a map of St. Louis ZIPs, or refer to my neighborhood listings behind each ZIP)?

2008 Population / Increase or Decline from 2000 / North Side (NS), South Side (SS), or Central Corridor (CC)

  • 63101-02-03 (Downtown, Midtown): 7,200 / 11.6% / CC
  • 63104 (Soulard, Lafayette Square, Benton Park): 21,000 / 5.9% / SS
  • 63108 (Central West End): 20,700 / 5.2% / CC
  • 63109 (St. Louis Hills, Southampton): 31,900 / 4.5% / SS
  • 63139 (Dogtown, Lindenwood): 28,000 / 4.5% / SS
  • 63116 (Tower Grove South, Bevo): 51,500 / 3.7% / SS
  • 63112 (Skinker-DeBaliviere, West End): 22,800 / 3.3% / CC
  • 63120 (Mark Twain, Walnut Park): 16,200 / Stable / NS
  • 63147 (Baden, Northpointe, North Riverfront): 15,200 / Stable / NS
  • 63106 (Old North St. Louis): 11,100 / -1.0% / NS
  • 63110 (Forest Park Southeast, Shaw): 20,700 / -1.7% / CC, SS
  • 63115 (The Ville): 24,700 / -2.6% / NS
  • 63111 (Carondelet, the Patch): 20,400 / -3.6% / SS
  • 63113 (Academy, Fountain Park): 17,200 / -3.9% / NS
  • 63107 (Hyde Park, O'Fallon): 14,100 / -6.7% / NS
  • 63118 (Benton Park West, Gravois Park): 27,800 / -7.0% / SS

Keep in mind that the population figure used for the City of St. Louis in 2008 -- 350,400 -- is lower than the Census's July 1, 2008 figure of 354,361, which is itself currently under challenge and will likely be revised upward. Still, it is interesting to get a sense of which neighborhoods may be gaining population and which may be losing. While I didn't present the school-age children numbers, they are perhaps suggestive of a yuppifying city somewhat swiftly losing families in favor of smaller households.


Unknown said...

Have you seen Walletpop's "25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods"?

STL has one representative in the bunch. I believe it's the neighborhood around City Museum, which surprised me because the area did not seem to be incredibly intimidating or 'distressed' the one time I visited (unlike Over the Rhine in Cincy which is in the #1 spot).

Matt M. said...

Yeah...I found that ranking to be extremely unlikely. The ZIP code in focus was 63103, which does include the City Museum, but also points north in more distressed albeit empty areas.

If your metric of "danger" is murder/rape/robbery/burglary, then it's certainly not that area of town by any means.

Unknown said...

Didn't the study use sub-zip codes? Not sure if these set by population, because if not a neighborhood with a low population could easily be skewed. Thought the same thing with the area in Little Rock. Most of that area seemed to be an airport...

Matt M. said...

Oh, you're right. They probably used Census Block Groups.

Brian said...

The decreases in Old North and FPSE came as a surprise to me. Nice to see an increase in 63112. The population in DeBaliviere Place should be a little less transient now as a lot of the apartments have been converted to condos. There are still plenty of abandoned homes north of Delmar, so there's room for more growth in the future.

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