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Change in Real Gross Regional Product by Metro Area, 2001-2009 (pdf)

National Gross Regional Product in Metro Areas, 2001-2009Gross regional product (GRP) measures the sum of economic activity within a metro area over in one year. Change in GRP over time can be used as an indicator of how well a region’s economy is doing relative to competing regions. From 2001-2009 the U.S. economy experienced two recessions, and a lackluster recovery in between. This map shows how well metropolitan areas across the nation fared during this time.

The loss of manufacturing jobs in the Great Lakes region and the loss of textile mill jobs in the South are evident. Many of the metros heavily invested in those industries saw their GRP drop (shown in red). The best performing regions (in dark blue) tended to be smaller metros in the Sunbelt and Western states.

The Kansas City area experienced modest GRP growth of 10 percent over this time, which is below the national average change of 13 percent among metro areas.

Gaps in Healthy Food Access in the Kansas City Region (pdf)

Gaps in Healthy Food AccessAs a member of the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition (GKCFPC), MARC is working to ensure that the region has a healthy, sustainable, and affordable food system. One of goals of GKCFPC is to increase access to healthy food to all segments of the population of Greater Kansas City. This map examines one measure of healthy food access – the proximity of households without cars to large grocery stores. Such stores tend to be the places where consumers find the best variety of fresh food choices. A half-mile buffer around the large grocery stores provides a simplified view of the parts of the region within walkable distance to healthy food. Additional data development is required to further classify the quality of food offered by grocery and food stores in the region.

2005-2009 Census American Community Survey data was used to show the density of zero-vehicle households per census tract. In the absence of healthy food sources and transit, residents without access to vehicles may be forced to rely on the closest food stores for shopping, where fresh and healthy foods can often be very limited.

Population Change 2000-2010 (pdf)

Population Change 2000-2010 Map

The symbols on this map show population change in the MARC region over the last decade.

To create the map, we subtracted 2000 Census population numbers from the recently released 2010 Census totals, and used blue bubbles to represent population increases and red bubbles for decreases. The larger the bubble, the larger the increase or decrease.

The results show a continuation of the patterns we’ve seen over the last several decades – a loss of population in the core, and growth in population at increasing distances from the core. A notable exception in the last 10 years is an increase in population in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

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