SATURDAY, DEC 22, 2007

Beveridge's Gotham Gazette Articles 2001 to 2007


Will the 2010 Census "Steal" New Yorkers? (December 2007) Proposed changes in counting methods for the 2010 Census could show a leveling off or even a decline in New York's population, costing the city money and power. The End of ‘White Flight’? (November 2007) Many of the trends in New York City’s population that marked the latter half of the 20thcentury, including an increase in foreign-born New Yorkers and a decline in the number of whites, appear to have halted, and some even have been reversed Feeling the Effects of a Housing Bust (September 2007) As the housing bubble seems about to burst, low-income people with mortgages have the most to lose, but most New Yorkers will feel some effects of any real estate collapse. No Quick Riches for New York’s Twentysomethings (June 2007) Overall, today’s recent college graduates in New York are not making as much money as their parent’s generation did, with men’s wages falling substantially and earnings for women increasing slightly. Women of New York City (March 2007) Women in New York City are much more likely to be single, earn more money, and have more education than women living in the rest of the United States. In most fields, New York men out-earn New York women, but in three fields, it's the reverse. The Idle Rich (November 2006) They inspire resentment and fascination, but little is known about the "idle rich" -- New Yorkers who live off investment income. Andrew Beveridge pieces together an admittedly incomplete profile of them based on new census data. Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, Then and Now (September 2006) The news of the proposed sale of two of the last bastions of middle class housing in New York City, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, prompted Andy Beveridge to look at the demographics of the residents in 1950, and see how they changed by 2000. What New Yorkers Are Like Now – First Results of the American Community Survey (August 2006) Andrew Beveridge looks at newly released census data – which reveals that there are more educated New Yorkers, fewer black people in the city, a slower increase in immigrants, etc. – and the new American Community Survey from which the information comes. Hitting the 9 Million Mark (June 2006) Some experts predict there will be 9 million New Yorkers by 2030. But are such forecasts reasonable? Andrew Beveridge examines the numbers. New York's Asians (May 2006) Andrew Beveridge looks at the characteristics of a "racial group" that comes from several continents and speaks many different languages. Undocumented Immigrants (April 2006) Andrew Beveridge looks at the demographics of those immigrants who have no legal authorization to live here, and the differences between New York City and elsewhere in the United States. Transit Workers/Transit Riders; Beginning Lawyers Are Richer; 9 Million New Yorkers? (March 2006) A demographic look at transit riders versus transit workers. Also: $145,000-a-year starting lawyers; nine million New Yorkers?; Should prisoners be counted in their hometown or where they are imprisoned? Teachers In NYC's Institutions Of Higher Learning (January 2006) Andrew Beveridge looks at the number and salaries of his fellow academics, breaking it down by individual institutions of higher learning, and reaches an unsurprising conclusion -- it doesn't pay to be a college teacher. Hispanics and the Ferrer Candidacy (December 2005) After the defeat of the first major mayoral candidate of Hispanic descent, commentators speculated this spelled the end of ethnic politics. Andrew Beveridge looks at recently released data to explain that the commentators got it all wrong. A profile of the Hispanic New York voter. Disabled in New York City; Also: Is The City Still Booming? (November 2005) Andrew Beveridge looks at the disabled in New York City. Also, he sorts through various recent studies to address the question: Is the city still booming or not? Who Can Afford to Live in New York City? (October 2005) Is it possible to satisfy the need for affordable housing in New York City? Andrew Beveridge analyzes federal data to find out how many New Yorkers pay how much of their incomes for a place to live, and where they pay the most. Can NYC “Profile” Young Muslim Males? (August 2005) Several public officials have suggested that the police should target young Muslim males instead of conducting random searches. Andrew Beveridge addresses whether this would even be possible. Upstate And Downstate – Differing Demographics, Continuing Conflicts (July 2005) Andrew Beveridge uses colorful charts to show how upstate differs from downstate – in growth, in income, in age, in diversity – and how this feeds such conflicts as the recent court fight over funding for public education. Living at Home After College (June 2005) An increasing number of new college grads are moving back in with Mom and Dad – or never left. Four Trends That Shape The City's Political Landscape (May 2005) Four demographic trends “define New York City’s unique political landscape,” Andrew Beveridge writes, “all of which the candidates must understand, even if they have little power to change them.” High School Students (April 2005) Andrew Beveridge looks at the ethnic composition, and the academic performance, of the new public high schools compared to the old. New York’s Responders and Protectors (March 2005) The 70,000 or so people hired to respond to crises in the city stand apart – as heroes to some; villains to others; but, as Andrew Beveridge discovers from Census data, they stand apart demographically as well – whiter, less educated, more affluent. Who Got The Death Penalty (February 2005) Andrew Beveridge looks at who got sentenced to death in New York. Wall Street Bonus Babies (January 2005) Who are the Wall Street Bonus babies, and how much of this year’s $15.9 billion in bonuses is each one getting? NEW YORK LAWYERS: A PROFILE (December 2004) People may conjure up million-dollar salaries and elegant offices, but “New York lawyer” describes some 57,000 of diverse backgrounds, practices and incomes. Andrew Beveridge does an analysis. Bush Does Better, and Other Election Results In NYC (November 2004) Don’t get too smug, Andrew Beveridge warns: Bush did better in New York City than he did four years ago. New York's Creative Class (October 2004) Who are the individuals that make New York City the creative center that it is?  Where do they come from, how are they faring? Andrew Beveridge analyzes the data. Portrait of Same-Sex (Married) Couples (September 2004) Andrew Beveridge offers a demographic look at the same-sex couples who are most likely to marry if it becomes legal to do so in New York. New York City Is a Non-Voting Town (August 2004) Though it is common to call New York City a Democratic town, Democrats are actually in the minority. In election after election, the solid majority is made up of non-voters. Andrew Beveridge looks at who is most likely not to vote (Men or women? Black or white? Renters or owners?) The answers might surprise you. New York's Divided Afghans (July 2004) Andrew Beveridge presents a demographic portrait of Afghanis in New York. Flaws In The New School Tests (June 2004) Despite the increasing attention and importance invested in the new standardized school tests, there are at least three "fundamental flaws" in the entire process of testing, writes Andrew Beveridge, that render their results dubious at best. Why Is There A Plunge In Crime? (May 2004) Does the popular "broken windows theory" really explain the steady drop in crime? Andy Beveridge repots on a recent study that suggests the answer is no. Estimating New York City's Population (April 2004) The U.S. Census Bureau recently declared New York City's population as its highest ever, but demographers claim the bureau's estimate is wrong. Some say it's too low. Andrew Beveridge suggests it might too high - that the city might actually be losing population since September 11th. The Passion for Religion Ebbs (March 2004) Despite the impression left from box office receipts for a recent movie and speeches from recent political candidates, Americans and New Yorkers are actually becoming less religious. Andrew Beveridge reports Imprisoned In New York (February 2004) Andrew Beveridge looks at the prisoners of New York. Most are from New York City, but imprisoned upstate – providing both economic and political gain to small upstate counties at the expense of the city. Who Are NYC's Republicans? (January 2004) Andrew Beveridge looks at Republican New Yorkers, how many there are, where they live, how old they are, how much they make, how much they smoke -- and why they may make the conventioneers squirm. Five Hidden Facts About Housing (An Analysis Of Data From The Housing and Vacancy Survey) (December 2003) Andrew Beveridge offers five revelations about NYC housing based on his analysis of the latest Housing and Vacancy Survey. Revelation number one: "Rent regulation seems to be vanishing in New York faster than many thought." Young, Graduated and in New York City (October 2003) They are the subject of stage and screen and weblogs. But who exactly are the recent college graduates living in New York City? Andrew Beveridge provides a demographic portrait. Back To (Public and Private) School (September 2003) Andrew Beveridge's demographic analysis of recently released data from the 2000 census confirms what any educator will tell you: Private school kids are far richer and whiter than their public school counterparts. Counting Drop-Outs (August 2003) Andrew Beveridge weighs in on the controversy about drop-outs (or are they “push-outs”?) in NYC public schools – and offers a more honest way of measuring the drop-out rate. The Vanishing Jews (July 2003) The number of Jews in New York City fell below one million last year, according to a new study. But, as Andrew Beveridge reports, the real decline may be higher. The Affluent Of Manhattan (June 2003) Manhattan now has the highest disparity in income in the nation, with the top fifth of the population receiving more than 50 times more income than the bottom fifth. Andrew Beveridge looks at some facts about those top fifth. How Different Is New York City From The United States? (May 2003) Andrew Beveridge compares New York City to the rest of the nation in terms of population trends such as immigration and marriage. The Poor In New York City (April 2003) More than a fifth of all New Yorkers are now officially living in poverty -- almost 300,000 more people than a decade ago. Andrew Beveridge explains the 40-year history of the “poverty line,” which New Yorkers are living below it, and where they reside. Eight Million New Yorkers? Don't Count On It (March 2003) Officially the population of New York City is now eight million. But is that number accurate? Probably not, answers Andy Beveridge, because of the unique challenges of counting the most diverse city on earth. Can we ever really know the actual figure? We would come closer, he argues, if the U.S. Census Bureau adopted a method backed by most scientific opinion - but rejected by the G.O.P. Does Archie Bunker Still Live in Queens? (February 2003) In the early 1970s, television’s Archie Bunker, a bigoted native-born Protestant family man, came to symbolize Queens to millions of television viewers across America. Thirty years later, a lot has changed in the borough – and a lot has not. Is There Still A New York Metropolis? (January 2003) The mayor is trying to tax commuters, arguing that they benefit as much from the city as its residents do. But, Andy Beveridge asks, is this true? Does the rest of the region depend on New York City? Is there still a New York Metropolis? Can The US Live Without Race? (November 2002) After nearly 10 years of controversy, the federal Office of Management and Budget determined that each United States resident must be classified as a member of a racial group. New York's Declining Ethnics (October 2002) New York City's population may be made up more and more of the foreign-born, but, according to the latest U.S. Census, there are fewer ethnic New Yorkers, and "white ethnics" have declined by almost half over the past two decades. A Demographic Portrait Of The Victims In 10048 (September 2002) Those working at 10048 represented many aspects of New York City society -- the wealthy older executives at the Risk conference or running some of the firms, the young traders on the make, the lawyers, the computer techies, the immigrants working in the service fields. After 9/11, 10048 is no more. Manhattan Boom (August 2002) Manhattan's boom during the 1990s - obvious to most New Yorkers - is now official. But the statistics were not all good news for New York City as a whole, which lost ground overall. GOP Senate Majority Repeals Census 2000 (July 2002) New York City might well have to wait until the next census to receive its due from New York State politicians. And, if history is a guide, one can predict that every effort will be made to assure that this does not happen. Changing New York City (June 2002) The latest data from the 2000 Census paint a picture of a changing New York City, says Andrew Beveridge, this is both stunning and in some ways disturbing. The Census Bureau's Bad Estimates (May 2002) Last year, when the count from the 2000 U.S. Census revealed that there were eight million people living in New York City, many demographers were shocked. The number was almost 600,000 more than they had been led to expect. That is because the United States Census Bureau had been making really bad estimates of the city's population every year for the whole previous decade. The bureau had estimated a growth of about 10,000 in the city each year; the actual growth was closer to 60,000 a year. The Boom 1990's? (April 2002) It such an accepted fact that the 1990's were a boom time in New York City that some New Yorkers are looking back at the decade with something close to wistfulness. But emerging data suggests that the truth is more complicated -- that the income for the middle class actually dropped in the metropolitan region. Segregation (March 2002) For all its reputation for diversity and tolerance, New York City remains among the most segregated areas of the United States. Non-Legal Immigrants (February 2002) Recently, the United States Bureau of the Census posted without fanfare a new report that estimates the number of "unauthorized and quasi-legal migrants": people born overseas who have settled in the United States without permission from the U.S. government. Counting Muslims (January 2002) A nasty dispute recently broke out about the number of Muslims in the United States. One study (available online in pdf format) claims six to seven million. Funded by four Muslim organization and directed by Ishan Bagby of Shaw University, it counted Muslims by contacting mosques and using various assumptions. The Arab Americans In Our Midst (September 2001) Though a tiny handful of Arab terrorists caused incalculable damage to New York City and the United States, the Arab Americans in our midst are hardworking, largely successful immigrants to the United States, balancing their Arab with their American identity. A White City Council (August 2001) For all the talk of the spectacular diversity in the hundreds of citizen-candidates this year, the truth is that there will be little change in the complexion of city government. White New Yorkers will dominate the "new" City Council, just as they dominated the old. Counting Gay New York (July 2001) The U.S. Census reported last month that New York City has at least 25,906 gay households, a threefold increase since 1990. This would translate into about 52,000 gay New Yorkers, or just under one percent of the population that is 18 years of age or older. Redistricting (June 2001) After each census comes the dance known as redistricting. This time around, New York City and the surrounding suburbs accounted for virtually all the growth in New York State. Politics And The Undercount (May 2001) New York City has more people living here than ever before. The census found eight million New Yorkers. But there were many it missed -- probably 136,000. False Facts About Census 2000 (April 2001) There were three things that New Yorkers learned about themselves from the first data to come out of the 2000 Census...None of these are accurate. Eight Million New Yorkers! (March 2001) When the Census Bureau released the new numbers for New York City, demographers, politicians and everybody else reacted with shock, and with glee: There are now officially 8,008,278 New Yorkers, more than ever before. Census Bureau Finds 830,000 "Extra" New Yorkers (January 2001) How could New York have gained almost 1 million people and lost two congressional seats? The Census (December 2000) What began as a simple head count for the purpose of defining Congressional Districts has morphed into something many now regard as a formidable invasion of privacy.
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