Opinions on Growth and Development in Columbia
Please provide some information about yourself and your background to help us draw more specific conclusions from this data. Do not feel pressured to disclose information you're not comfortable sharing.
What is your age?
18 - 29
30 - 49
50 - 64
Are you of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish descent, background, or origin?
How would you describe yourself? (select all that apply)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
White or Caucasion
What is your highest level of education?
some high school
high school diploma / GED equivalent
some post-graduate work
What is your household's current annual income
less than $20,000
$20,000 - $34,999
$35,000 - $49,999
$50,000 - $74,999
$75,000 - $99,999
$100,000 or more
How many years have you lived in Columbia?
Background on Population Growth
Here is Columbia's population, charted from 1940 to 2016:
As of 2016, Columbia had a population of 120,612, nearly double what it was in 1980. Between 2010 and 2016, our population grew at an average rate of 1.77% per year. If we continue growing at this rate, our expected population in 2050 will be 219,620, and in 2100 it will be 530,199. The question then arises: how much further growth, and how rapid a rate of growth, do Columbia residents want?
What do you like about Columbia?
What do you dislike about Columbia? What problems do you see in the community?
What benefits do you associate with population growth?
What harms do you associate with population growth?
How happy are you, in general, with the way Columbia's population has grown in the past 10 - 20 years?
Neutral / No opinion
Ideally, what should Columbia's population be?
How long should Columbia's population continue to grow?
< 10 years
10 - 20 years
21 - 30 years
31 - 50 years
> 50 years
Columbia should always continue to grow
Columbia is at or past the population it should be
Background on Geographic Growth
Here is Columbia's geographic area, charted from 1826 to 2012:
As of 2012, Columbia's area was 63.125 square miles. In addition to questions of population growth, it's important to discuss how much Columbia residents want the city to grow geographically through the process of annexation.
What benefits do you associate with geographic growth?
What harms do you associate with geographic growth?
How happy are you, in general, with how Columbia has grown geographically in the past 10 - 20 years?
Neutral / No opinion
How would you like to see Columbia grow geographically in the future?
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