By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant

The focus of this week’s maps is the place of residence for jobs that are located in the Central Corridor.  A data base from the US Census called LEHD (Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics) allows us to make this analysis. This data base ties together census tracts of where people live with the census tracts of where people work. In other words, this data base  allows you to do two things. First, you can see how many people work in a certain geography, say Downtown St. Louis. Second, you can see the home geographies of the people who work in Downtown St. Louis or some other geography.

My first map shows where people work in the St. Louis region. The map is symbolized according to standard deviations. Essentially, the areas shaded light yellow are more or less typical in terms of their concentration of jobs. The areas shaded beige or orange are below average, and the areas that are blue or teal are above average.

The Central Corridor is not a strictly defined geography, but in general it stretches from Downtown out west to I-170. Sticking with this general area, I selected census tracts with an above average concentration of jobs as my area of interest. You can see these tracts highlighted in bright green below. The next step is to find out where the people who work in these areas live.

Location of Jobs

This next map helps answer that question. This map shows where people who work in the Central Corridor live. First, the map below shows that a lot of people both work and live in the Central Corridor. There are large concentrations of people living in Downtown, the West End and Central West End, and Clayton. Another large group of people who work in the Central Corridor live close to the area. These people live in the University City area, around Tower Grove Park, in South Hampton and in St. Louis Hills. In St. Louis County, you can see concentrations of people living in Shrewsbury, Webster Groves, Brentwood, Maplewood, Melville and Black Jack.

This map also shows some gaps in where people do not live. Parts of north St. Louis City have low numbers, as do census tracts that are right across the river from Downtown St. Louis. 

Place of Residence

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