These population demographics may surprise you….

What will our region's population look like in 10 years?

UPDATE!!  Mitch Silver will be presenting his “Understanding Trends – Planning for the Future” talk on August 14 at Fuquay-Varina Community Center (Click for More info).  

Mitch Silver, City of Raleigh’s Planning Director (and husband of ArtWorks awesome Board member, Mary Silver!) is currently traveling the country, talking about  what the results of the 2010 Census tell us. As President of the American Planning Association, Silver is mostly talking to city planners and economic development people around the Country. But the information is important for people in all business areas to know.

And the information in these talks will surprise you about what it tells us about changing families, changes in lifestyle trends and the aging of America.

Things such as:

  • By 2030, North Carolina will be the 7th largest State (and Silver suggests that we start to act like it).
  • Single households are increasing, while “traditional families” are decreasing.
  • The Hispanic population is expected to triple from 2008 to 2050 (Due to the birth of children, not immigration.)

If you run a business or arts organization, or if you are planning on starting a business, these are numbers you need to know.

How will future populations want to spend their free time?

Mitch has presented this talk to many groups locally, and I was lucky to see it for the first time at United Arts of Wake County’s “State of the Arts and Culture” event in Wake County” event at NCMA.   You can find online a summary of his talk that was part of the Chapel Hill 2020 process, you can watch the complete presentation that was part of Innovate Raleigh on Raleigh Television Network between now and February 26, or much of the information is immediately viewable here (the relevant statistics start around 35:00).  Although the summary is good, the presentations are better, as you get to hear Mitch’s comments on the trends and what he thinks they may mean.

The business or arts organization that is not aware of these trends and prepared to adapt their work accordingly, will likely suffer in the future.  Don’t be caught unaware. Get informed.

Beth

 

 

 

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