Downtown St. Paul has become a whole lot whiter over the past decade

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Since 2000, the white share of downtown St. Paul's population has increased by 24 percent.
Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute recently put together a list of the "fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods" in the country, and one of them is downtown St. Paul.

Granted, Petrilli's characterization of these neighborhoods as "gentrifying" seems to be inappropriate. He uses race data but not income data, so the zip codes he singles out would be more accurately described as the "fastest-whitening neighborhoods."

St. Paul's 55101 zip code ranks 16th. In 2000, 49.3 percent of residents were white, but that number shot up to 73.3 percent by 2010 -- a 24 percent increase in the white share of the population. The 55101 zip code includes Downtown and Lowertown, as depicted by the purple perimeter in the above map.

Petrilli notes that the whitening phenomenon isn't "limited to a few of our great coastal cities. These gentrifying neighborhoods are literally all over the map."

The neighborhood with the biggest increase in the white share of the population from 2000 to 2010 is in Columbia, South Carolina, with zips in Chicago, Austin, Brooklyn, and D.C. also cracking the top ten. For the full list and an explanation of the methodology, click here.

White flight? In downtown St. Paul, at least, whites have apparently been making a lot of one-way flights into the neighborhood in recent years.

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JD
JD

No, I don't think it's a bunch of crap (and great use of a straw man by the way.) You either have no clue what he was trying to say, or you're being disingenuous trying to apply it to this article. I'll ask you again: How exactly is someone being judged by a demographic study? As for why does skin color matter to me, personally it doesn't when it comes to how I treat people. I don't judge people based on whether they're black, white or Asian, or male, female, Muslim or Canadian for that matter. But pretending everyone's the same and everybody's equal is that kind of liberal PC crap that I would think a conservative would have a problem with.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

So MLK's famous speech is a bunch of crap in your eyes? Differences yes; but judging someone by the color of their skin is judging them by something they can not change and therefor should be frowned upon.  Furthermore, why does skin color matter to you?

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Well, apparently Rupar doesn't want to live in a color blind society, his pointless report shows that...so I guess Kirk is right on this one.

JD
JD

 Who exactly is being judged here? Being "colorblind" and not recognizing our differences is just as ignorant as racism.

Zach Pasdoe
Zach Pasdoe

Below is the racial change in downtown St. Paul's population from 2000 to 2010. The white population(s) may be larger, but downtown is experiencing explosive growth from other racial groups. Zip Code: 55101 Census Tract: 34201 White: 30% Black: -16% Hispanic: -30% Asian: 20% Native American: -7% Multiracial: 141% Other Groups: -60% Census Tract: 34202 White: 20% Black: 33% Hispanic: 12% Asian: 30% Native American: 0% Multiracial: 162% Other Groups: 100%

prezzor
prezzor

I like how we're identifying 'gentrification' with 'Whitening' neighborhoods. Way to go. 

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