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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Citywide Activities

Via the City of Minneapolis, here is a chart of greenhouse gas emissions from citywide activities. Greenhouse gas emissions decreased 3.1% in 2016 compared to the 2015. Increases in emissions from natural gas consumption, solid waste, and wastewater were offset by decreases in emissions from electricity consumption and on-road transportation. The City adopted goals in […]

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Chart of the Day: Child Pedestrian Fatalities, 1990 – 2012 by Day of Year

Here’s an a propos chart. It shows the number of children killed by cars by day of the year: A quote about it the data: BestPlaces analyzed more than four million records of auto fatalities from the Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System.  As the graph below shows, there have been 133 child pedestrian […]

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Chart of the Day: Population Growth in Largest Midwestern Metros

Bloomberg carried a chart-laden article recently, written by Justin Fox, showing the disparate population growth rates in Northeastern and Midwestern cities. It charts the differences in growth rate distribution along the coasts, where three large metro areas are generating nearly all the population growth, and in the Midwest, where growth rates are more evenly distributed. […]

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Chart of the Day: Student Loan Debt in America, By Congressional District

Via Freedom to Prosper, an organization in favor of educational finance reform, today’s chart shows the student loan burden in America by Congressional district. The interactive version allows you to drill down by state and district, and give details on the number of student loan holders, voter turnout in the last two federal election cycles […]

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Chart of the Day: Mobile Homes as Percentage of Housing, US States

Here’s a chart via Jason Segedy’s blog that shows manufactured homes as a percentage of housing in each state. Here’s the chart, with Minnesota marked:   Segedy writes about some patterns: One of the things that affects the overall age of housing in any given location is the percentage of mobile homes in the mix.  […]

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Chart of the Day: MSP Non-Minnesotan Domestic Migration, 1991-2016

Here’s a chart from, Aaron Renn, an urban economic consultant who has been critical the Twin Cities for some time now as not being attractive enough to national movers and shakers. In his recent blogpost, he writes about how domestic in-migration to the metro area is up slightly, but why he does not think much […]

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Chart of the Day: Per Capita Vehicle Miles Traveled, 2018 Update

Time once again for another update on the big picture of driving in the United States: Vehicle Miles Travelled, per person. Long-time wonks who have been following this key stat might remember that it “peaked” fifteen years ago, and VMT (overall and per capita) had plateaued and was declining… … until gas prices went way […]

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Chart of the Day: Rent Costs vs. Childcare Costs, by Metro

We talk a lot about housing costs. For many people who have children, the cost of childcare can be equivalent to another full rent/mortgage payment each month. Hotpads used data from Care.com’s Care Index and the Census Bureau, and found that the average monthly cost of child care in the U.S. – including at-home and in-center care – […]

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Chart of the Day: Weekday On Time Transit Performance, US Systems

Via Planetizen, here’s a recent study out of a New York transit foundation complied a rankings of on-time performance using the exact same on-time standards, as opposed to the self-reported on-time stats, which can vary a lot between agencies. It turns out that Metro Transit does very well! Here’s the resulting chart: The report’s authors […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Home Prices vs Inventory 2008 – 18

Here’s a chart from the recently released 72-page final report of the Governor’s Task Force on Housing, which is out today. It shows the relationship between housing supply and housing affordability for both the owner-occupied and rental markets within the Minneapolis area. Here you go: It’s a relatively straightforward situation happening here, with a tight […]

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