Pacific Beach 2000 vs. 2010 Census NewsSeptember 11, 2011 No Comments
Here is a report of the new 2010 US Census compared to 2000 numbers in various categories. My goal was to learn more about our demographics insofar as age groups, family orientation and housing.
Also, for the researchers out there, here’s a workbook with individual year data with more detail.
There are interesting shifts showing the largest increase in the 20-34 year-old age group by 2%, followed by the 55 and over category by 1%. We’ve seen a decline in all other age groups.
There’s also been a drop of over 600 family households or about 2%.
Our occupied housing units is comprised of about 70% renters and 30% homeowners. There’s also approximately 10.9% vacancy rates. Although this may appear high we have to remember that we have a large number of vacation units throughout zip 92109.
It seems that, if we strive to grow PB as a family-friendly destination where we are providing a rich assortment of school, shopping and recreation opportunities we’re not doing that great of a job.
Although not shown is the business demographic which I believe I could illustrate as an environment that has shifted from a more apathetic (2000) family-friendly environment to a definite (2010) non-family friendly environment.
Conversely, if we intend to grow PB as a younger adult playground then we’re doing a fantastic job.
For me? I’d rather see a better balance between families, young adults and those settling down for their later years. I absolutely do not support gentrifying Pacific Beach and Mission Beach but, we must look at the trends of family and homeowner populations dropping, and the definite increase in the number of a small segment of the population (20-34 year olds), as signs that this is the absolute direction we’re heading.
Lastly, I could see this drop as realistic if our schools weren’t that great but, I believe our schools are on an amazing path to greatness. They’re doing so well we’ll be attracting people far and wide to live here because of them. But, I guarantee they won’t be able to do so without a more balanced business district that isn’t so heavily dependent on the alcohol culture.
Community is all about balance isn’t it? Your thoughts and any analysis are welcome as well!Tags: 2000, 2010, business district, census, families, homeowner, renter, schoolsCommentary, Demographic Balance, Life in PB, Solutions