More Residents Along the Cincinnati Streetcar Line than Any Other Streetcar Line on First Day of Operation

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On its first day of operation, the Cincinnati Streetcar will serve more residents along the line than any other modern streetcar in the United States did on its opening day.  In 2000 there were no modern streetcar systems operating in the United States.  Over the next decade, three cities, Tacoma, Portland and Seattle, constructed modern streetcars.

Using data from the 2000 Census, allows for a comparison of the populations of the neighborhoods served by those cities’ streetcar lines before the construction boom that  followed after the lines were built. An explanation of the methodology is below.

Here is a listing of the opening day population of the neighborhoods along the streetcar line for each system:

  • Cincinnati- 20,038
  • Seattle- 19,977
  • Portland- 15,849
  • Tacoma- 2,924

The Cincinnati population figure does not include residents in the new residential developments that have been built along the line since 2000 or the residents who will be living at the Banks, which will have hundreds  apartments by the time the streetcar is operational, so the actual population on the first day of operations will likely be higher.

The large number of residents along the initial phase of the line, 48.2% of which live in households with zero automobiles, will help ensure the Cincinnati Streetcar is a success. Support expanded transportation options for Cincinnatians—Build the Streetcar.

Methodology- Population was counted for each census tract through which the streetcar line of each city passed directly into on its opening phase.  For the purposes of consistency, the entire population of each census tract was counted for each tract that the line passed through, and census tracts that the lines did not pass through were excluded.  While imperfect, (for example Cincinnati Tract 11, Pendleton, is within walking distance of the line but is not counted; Tacoma Tract 616.02 is bisected by a river) this methodology allowed for comparison of the different cities.

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