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By examining the population of the Eastside as a whole, there are several noticeable differences between the 1990 and 2000 Census maps. First, there is a discrepancy in the tract boundaries, as the tracts for the 1990 Census are far larger than the 2000 tracts. This, in turn, has an effect on the display of the population. Note that the highest populated class in the 1990 map ranges from about 7,000 to 11,600 people whereas the 2000 map's class reaches its maximum at a mere 7,800. As extra tracts are installed in the 2000 census, the population within those smaller regions, are of course much smaller than the 1990's. However, it appears that some of the tracts on the east (left) side of the map has remained the same. Just comparing the these tracts, it does verify that population in Bellevue has increased.
Population in the Eastside has certainly grown, but what Lola and Rita tried to research was, which areas in the Bellevue and Redmond cities, specifically tracts, were the prime population growth hot-spots? And how has the population itself spatially shifted in the 10 years? Whether residents moved in closer towards the core of the line, or if it dispersed further out into the outskirts of southern Bellevue and/or northern Redmond. is difficult to say.
This population growth leads us to ask why did population grow? Was it because of the possible business entrepreneurship, or the fact it's a mere bridge away from Seattle, the growing diversity, or if it is because of its high-tech corridor? If anything, does this tie in with gentrification?
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