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Census 2010 numbers out!

March 25, 2011

The thesis is long done, bound, and put on a shelf. I went to work on the (successful!) Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law, and am now settled into another job. But, the data I’ve been waiting for for years is now arriving!

I will over the next couple weeks update maps, data, and opinions from the thesis to reflect these new, more accurate numbers. They will be posted here. For now, take a look at the NY Times racial dot map of Randolph. (These took me hours to build myself last year!)

One, very important initial conclusion from the 2010 census data on Randolph – RANDOLPH GREW!!

All of the ACS estimates from the census showed Randolph shrinking this decade. Those numbers confirmed popular impressions of a town in decline. In fact, the reality was that Randolph grew about 4% to reach an all-time population high of roughly 32,000 people.

Charts and Numbers

February 17, 2010

Like I mentioned yesterday, this data is what the most people requested from me.  And, I thought I was the only one nerdy enough to find this interesting.  All the same, I’ll be posting mostly charts here.  If you want the numbers they are based on, ask I and will send.

Randolph grew mostly as an automobile suburb in the mid-20th century.  Here are the total population numbers over time:

In the last 40 years, the racial composition of Randolph’s population gradually changed into the racially balanced town we know today.

Randolph’s racial diversity, while impressive, is far less interesting than its ethnic diversity.  I think in Randolph, we usually thought of ourselves as Irish, Chinese, Haitian, or African-American rather than White, Asian, or Black.  In Randolph, no one group forms a majority of the town.  No ethnic group even forms a majority of its racial group, as seen in the charts below based on Census 2000 data.

Of course, change did not stop in 2000.  Unforunately, this is the best data we have until next year.  It looks like the biggest changes include the growth of the Vietnamese and Haitian populations and the shrinking of the Chinese, South Asian, and Jewish populations.

Another way to look at Randolph’s diversity is to think about the number of different languages spoken there.  I’ve heard there are about 40 languages spoken in the halls of Randolph High School.  The chart below shows the languages spoken at home in Randolph according to Census 2000.