Today the Sarasota Herald-Tribune published this front-page story about the first wave of demographic data released in relation to the U.S. 2010 Census. It includes a map of population change in Florida, by county. Here at SCOPE, we are most interested in within-county patterns, so our GIS mapper Matt Roach generated a related map today. It illustrates population changes within Sarasota County, by Census Designated Place (CDP). On this map, you can see right away how North Port accounts for the overwhelming majority of the county’s population increase. In contrast, far fewer people live on Longboat Key or in Englewood than back in 2000. What might this mean, in terms of our community’s overall well-being here in Sarasota County? We are eager for the next round of data to be released so that we can begin to look at changes in indicators of well-being, relative to changes in our demographic profile. Stay tuned![gallery link="file" columns="2"]
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