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This Chart Tool Shows How City Centers Are Doing Better Than Inner Suburbs

A new report tracks demographic trends across 66 U.S. metro areas.
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A report provides new data backing Aaron Renn's "new donut" model for cities, but it also highlights key exceptions to the model.Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service/University of Virginia

A new study published by the Demographics Research Group of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service analyzes the demographic trends of 66 major U.S. metros, measuring how they change with distance from the city center. The report's charting tool helps visualize the data on an "objective, intuitive spatial scale" rather than on subjective "urban"/"suburban" categories, says Luke Juday, the author of the report.

The new tool will provide endless fun for chart-loving city wonks, but for now we're focused on two key insights.