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Metropolitan Mirror: Facts and Trends Reflecting the Metropolitan Region is a data series featuring information compiled and/or interpreted by PPRC researchers. Metropolitan Mirror is organized into two sections.
  1. The Data and Trends Section offers an in-depth exploration of issues that directly affect the St. Louis region. The data analysis is presented through graphs, maps, images and reports.
  2. The Governance Section presents a variety of municipal and regional documents, including city budgets, charters and other resources.
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Just published on Metropolitan Mirror:

Achieving More Opportunity through Public Investment in Affordable Housing
A prelude to understanding how recent policy changes by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could impact public investments in affordable is to understand our region’s current pattern of public investments.»More

Education and Race: Their Implications on the St. Louis MSA Employment Rates
The state of educational attainment in the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area is an indictor for assessing  the area’s social and economic development »More

Manufacturing in the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area from 2007 to 2011
Manufacturing is still a significant contributor to the St. Louis MSA’s economy  and an important source of employment in the region. »More

Changes in Educational Attainment for the St. Louis Region: 2009 to 2012
The St. Louis Region, as a whole, has increased in every measure of educational attainment from 2009 to 2012. »More

Employment by Occupation and Industry in Greater St. Louis: 2007-2011
This employment data for the Greater St. Louis area was analyzed by region, county and zip code for the years 2007 - 2011. »More

Where St. Louis Ranks: Rental Housing Conditions, 2009 and 2011
The St. Louis metropolitan area had a median gross rent of about 766 dollars in 2009 and 722 dollars in 2011, adjusted for inflation.  Learn how this compares to similar metropolitan regions »More

Growth of the Metropolitan St. Louis Economy in Comparative Perspective, 2001-2010
The metropolitan St. Louis economy grew 30.8 percent during the nine-year period 2001 to 2010.  As shown in Table 1 annual growth was strongest at the beginning of the period at 5 percent, declined to 2.2 percent four years later and ended at 2.7 percent.  The impact of the Great Recession from December 2007 to June 2009 was a contraction of the metropolitan economy by 2.2 percent. »More

The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty in the St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Area
An analysis of data on neighborhood poverty from the 2005–09 American Community Surveys and Census 2000 reveals that after declining in the 1990s, the population in extreme-poverty neighborhoods—where at least 40 percent of individuals live below the poverty line—rose by one-third from 2000 to 2005–09.  These maps provide a look at the re-emergence of concentrated poverty for the St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Area »View

Forms of Diverging Demographics
An examination of 2010 Census data for the St. Louis metropolitan area comparing age by sex and race reveals a number of forms of diverging demographics among these groups across space and time. View Report

Population Up: Poor Population WAY Up

The St. Louis metropolitan area was able to maintain modest, but steady overall population growth through the turbulent first decade of the 21st Century. The rate of growth of the poor population, however, far exceeded that of the general population View report

Household Composition in St. Louis
The 2010 Census recorded 98 percent of the metropolitan St. Louis population living in 1,119,020 households. This report gives a breakdown of the various household compositions. View report

Population Distribution by Race and Ethnicity in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area View report

Separate and Unequal: The Neighborhood Gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in Metropolitan America, by John Logan, Brown University
This report ranks St. Louis, along with 49 other metro areas, and looks at each region's Black, Hispanic and Asian population's exposure to poverty as compared to the white populations in the same region. View Report

The Green Economy: Sizing the Clean Economy in the St. Louis-Il Metro Area (a report produced for the Brookings-Battelle Clean Economy Database) View

Percentage of People of Color in the St. Louis MSA, 1970-2010
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Census 2010 Response Rates - St. Louis MSA
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Next Economy: Missouri State Profile, from the Brookings Institution Analysis of American Communities Survey. View

Excerpt: Moving Toward Regional Governance Incrementally: The St. Louis Case, from Governing Metropolitan Regions in the 21st Century (Cities and Contemporary Society), edited by Donald Phares (M.E. Sharpe, 2009).
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Excerpt: Governance and the Struggle for the Downtown: St. Louis, 1952-2005, from Governing Metropolitan Regions in the 21st Century (Cities and Contemporary Society), edited by Donald Phares (M.E. Sharpe, 2009).
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Population Change in St. Louis City and St. Louis County (Posted January 2011) Download

Policy Brief 25 - Reconciling the Great Divorce: The City of St. Louis Reentering St. Louis County
The reentry issue has become a defining one in the St. Louis Metro area dialogue. This policy brief explores the issues that must be considered before reentry can occur.Download Policy Brief

A Regional Perspective on Education: Academic Performance Data for St. Louis Area Students in 2009 »View Report
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Foreclosures Reach All-Time High in St. Louis County »View Report

Tracking Economic Recovery in the St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Area »View Report


About Metropolitan Mirror:

Metropolitan Mirror: Facts and Trends Reflecting the Metropolitan Region is an information resource that provides data and reports on a wide variety of aspects that characterize the St. Louis area. The data and analysis range in geographic scope from the entire 16-county metropolitan area to specific St. Louis neighborhoods, and focus on issues including demographics, economic development, housing and foreclosures, evaluation and transportation. "Metropolitan Mirror will continually expand and evolve," said Mark Tranel, PPRC Director. "Its purpose is to provide information that is useful to elected officials, administrators in public and nonprofit agencies, and other civic leaders."

In January 2011, Metropolitan Mirror launched the Governance section. While the initial data and reports focus on the government structure in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, the Governance section will expand to include information about municipal and special district issues in the St. Louis Metro area.

"Though we will post new information at least once a month, we're actually hoping to bring visitors new information about the region on a more frequent basis," said Tranel. "Our recent reports have centered on issues related to foreclosure, but MM has a much larger scope. Our aim is to delve into a broad range of issues affecting the region, and we will be limited only by the available data." For example, release of 2010 census data will provide a rich source for analyzing the St. Louis community.

The first Metropolitan Mirror installments were compiled by Will Winter, PPRC Research Analyst. "I hope to show the sort of local data that PPRC acquires and uses on a regular basis," said Winter, "particularly local spatial data. But I hope to take it a step further. I also want each analysis to show the data in a new light--perhaps in a way that has not been requested by PPRC's clients--and in that way use the data to highlight current public policy debates." Other reports have been based upon information gathered by Mike Duncan, Information Technology Manager at the St. Louis County Department of Planning, and by Cynthia Palazzolo, a doctoral candidate in Public Law at UMSL and a GRA with PPRC.

In the Governance Section, much of the information is a compilation of government documents, including budgets and city charters. Metropolitan Mirror brings all of the articles of the Charters of the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, respectively; creating a single document for each Charter, a resource that is not available anywhere else. This section also includes digital versions of historic government documents, includingThe Scheme of Separation between St. Louis City and County, published in 1888.

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