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The following pages provide a description of the City of Cleveland in regard to a variety of demographic, housing, economic, and social characteristics. The emphasis of the report is to illustrate the geographic variation of these characteristics and to identify recent and in some cases long-term trends in these distributions.

The report is mainly a series of maps and charts accompanied by basic descriptions of what the graphics illustrate. Maps enable the reader to see the geographic variation among and within the city’s neighborhoods. Appendix A provides a map showing the city’s Statistical Planning Areas (SPAs) and their names. Many of the maps include these SPA boundaries for orientation.

Most of the data are derived from either the 1990 Census of Population and Housing or the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s Tax Assessment and Property Records databases. Additional data and maps are provided by the 1980 or earlier censuses, and some historical maps prepared by the Real Property Inventory are also included to provide historical context.

Recently released Census 2000 population data have been mapped and added as Appendix B. Appendix C lists sources for maps, charts, and tables.

These data, maps, and charts are organized into the following categories:

1. Demographic Trends – including population and race

2. Real Estate and Housing – including year built, tenure, value, cost burden, sales activity, and development opportunities

3. Social and Economic Patterns – including poverty, employment, unemployment, labor force participation, commute times, employment location, and mode of travel to work.