Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Census Bureau Report Shows Doubling of Medina Residents Living in Poverty

The United States Census Bureau has released new estimates regarding the population of cities over 20,000. Previously, the Census Bureau only released data between census counts for cities over 65,000. Smaller cities had to wait until a new census was done and then go back and compare the data for the new census with the data from the census conducted 10 years before.

According to a Cleveland.com article on this change, the data released on December 8, 2008, shows that the city of Medina has experienced an increase in the number of residents living in poverty. This is from the article:

And urban ills have seeped into the city of Medina, the epicenter of the region's fastest-growing county. More than 10 percent of families in the city of 25,000 are living in poverty, compared with 5 percent in 2000, the bureau reports.

It must be kept in mind that this data represents an estimate, based on data collected by the Census Bureau. This data does show, however, that Medina City officials need to start planning on how city services will be affected by this apparent increase in the number of poor residents.

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