Friday, October 21, 2005

Los Angeles Has FEWER Jobs Per Capita Than Any Major City In The Country!

First, thanks to Al's Morning Meeting at Poytner for the tip. A press release from the Census Bureau yesterday broke out the daytime population of each city in the country in contrast to its residential population, i.e., how many people are working in the city as opposed to people living in the city. Most cities have large inflows of workers during the day:

If it seems a little crowded on weekdays in cities like Washington, D.C.; Irvine, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; or Orlando, Fla.; it's not your imagination. Among cities with 100,000 or more people, these four show the highest percentage increases in population during the day as opposed to their resident population.

The findings come from the first-ever U.S. Census Bureau estimates of the daytime population for all counties and more than 6,400 places across the country, based on Census 2000 data.

And where does Los Angeles rank? Among all major cities with daytime populations of over one million we rank... dead last. Time to get those economic development teams going in the Mayor's office. More from the report:

Among very small places, gains approached 300 percent in Tysons Corner, Va. (292 percent); and El Segundo, Calif. (288 percent).

Other highlights:

New York City has the largest estimated daytime population, at more than 8.5 million persons. The increase of more than half a million people over the nighttime population is bigger than that found in any other area. However, the 7 percent increase puts New York in the middle of the pack on percentage change among cities with more than a million residents.

The second highest numeric daytime increase is in Washington, D.C., where 410,000 workers boost the capital's population by 72 percent during normal business hours.

Other big cities with large daytime gains are Atlanta (62 percent), Tampa (48 percent) and Pittsburgh and Boston (both around 41 percent).

Typical examples of sizable expansion of daytime populations in small cities can be found in places such as Paramus, N.J.; Redmond, Wash.; and Beverly Hills, Calif., among others.

Los Angeles does not even rate a mention in the release.

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