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Breaking down density numbers to fit municipal reality

How dense is your city?

No, the question is not about a community’s mental alertness, it’s about the population in a set area, defined by people per square mile; or in smaller burgs, people per acre.

Trying to gauge residential density by municipality in St. Louis is tricky because the usual metric – population per square mile – does not always fit due to the multiplicity of mini-municipalities. In St. Louis County alone, there are 47 cities that take up less space than one square mile. The conventional measurement of density for Pine Lawn, even though it only occupies .61 of a square mile, would be to compute it has

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School district population shifts reflect overall changes, urban core losing potential students

People move for many reasons. Often the reputation of the local public school district is near the top of the list as parents, and people planning to become parents, want the chance for their kids to attend a tuition-free school that is perceived to be safe and capable of giving students a chance to succeed.

Other considerations that affect why people move include easing a job commute, the desire for a newer house or a bigger backyard, or fear of crime. Whatever the reasons, change is constant and the once-every-10-year federal census documents these population shifts.

Usually the boundaries that define movement are the city limits or a county line,

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The Region’s job growth, loss, by zip code

TOP ZIP CODES IN JOB GROWTH, 1994-2008

63005 Chesterfield 14,462 300 %

63017 Chesterfield 14,075 58 %

63366 O’Fallon (MO) 12,190 124 %

63134 St. Louis CO 9,267 109 %

63304 St. Charles CO 8,926 318 %

62220 Belleville 8,699 288 %

63376 St. Peters MO 8,509 49 %

63043 Maryland Hghts 8,053 38 %

63026 Fenton 7,818 33 %

63114 St. Louis (CO) 7,319 62 %

63105 St. Louis (CO) 7,309 33 %

TOP ZIP CODES IN JOB LOSS (1994-’08)

63145 St. Louis CO 5,711 -57 %

62223 Belleville 5,023 -44.9 %

63101 St. Louis city 4,523 -16.9 %

63074 St. Ann 3,444 -43.9 %

63141 St.

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