While Cleveland's overall population has declined 17% from 2000 to 2010, past research by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has demonstrated population gains for certain age demographics in certain regional localities. Mapping Human Capital: Where Northeast Ohio's Young and Middle-Age Adults Are Locating, the second Briefly Stated report released by the Poverty Center in 2013, expands on the initial research by examining the mobility of young and middle-age adults in Northeastern Ohio.
In 2012 the Center released a Briefly Stated report Not Dead Yet - The Infill of Cleveland's Urban Core, originally completed for the Urban Institute, which showed a gain of young adults moving into the urban core. The influx of human capital should be understood so strategy can increase the inmigrating flow.
Using data from the 2000 and 2010 Census, recent Poverty Center researcher Richey Piiparinen determined that young adults (aged 25 to 34) are moving into certain Cuyahoga County municipalities and neighborhoods, especially in the core of Cleveland. Certain minority groups represent some of the highest growth in these localities. These inner-ring communities are recognized for their culture and walkability. It is possible that these characteristics are attractive to younger adults.
Data from this report was recently used in a story by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and will appear in an upcoming story. Berkley's Network on Building Resilient Regions also discussed this report in "The Rust Belt Adapts." Piiparinen discussed this report on Cool Cleveland.
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.