Since this is going to be “on the agenda” here soon, a little mini-atlas of the Creative Class in Dayton (Montgomery County). This is a narrower definition then Floridas’ as I look at what I call the “Core Creatives” plus “Technical Professionals”
This is sort of in line with that old Two Cultures
concept of CP Snow.
I first show the top 10 tracts by % of people in that tract, to show neighborhoods with a higher proportion of the group I am looking at, than a top 10 map based on a simple count (and occasionally tracts with 10 or 20 or fewer, to show areas with minimal numbers). In some cases tracts tie at the same %. In that case I show both tracts, so the top 10 is occasionally really more than 10 tracts.
I use census figures (Decennial Census SF4 summary file) based on Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational classifications; these are what’s counted in the following charts. The census aggregates based on certain summary classifications, so I can’t get as granular as I’d like .:
The “Core Creative” Class, based on this BLS grouping:27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
The first two maps aggregate these two groups….27-1010 Artists and Related Workers27-2000 Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers
…into the “Core Creative Class” (what we usually think when we think about “creativity”..art, design, performance, music, etc )
The next are for Media, which is a mix of creative and craft workers. Unfortunately I cant break out the craft/trade workers (broadcast technicians, cameramen, gaffers, soundmen, best boys, all that stuff you see on the movie credits)
For the next few sets I look at more technical types of creativity. 17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
(except drafting/technician) types of work)
Next the Computer & math workers and Scientists 15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations
plus 19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Then a roll-up of the Core Creatives + Media and the Technical Professionals, Computer Workers, and Scientists, to see concentrations of these groups (and where they’re not).
One thing that is evident is that in terms of % of a census tract in one or other group, there is no overlap, though they are in adjacent tracts. There is an overlap in a few tracts of large numbers of both core creatives and technical professionals.
Also, comparing the paired maps, on can see smaller tracts (in population) can have a higher % of one group.
And there are some unknown concentrations, like the VA area (which is really a subdivision off of Dayton-Liberty Road) and the Kitridge/Forest Ridge area near Huber Heights (which seems quite the nerdistan), and that big apartment/townhouse complex off of Watertower Road, along I-75 near the former site of the Imperial motel.
The popularity of Washington Township and the Mall area really stands out, though, for techies of various types.