urban data


The nation’s largest retailer is known for sprawling suburban and rural stores. Now Wal-Mart is moving into city centers — sometimes despite strong local opposition.

NPR compiled data on the locations of Wal-Marts in three American cities. For each of these cities, we used census data to estimate what percentage of the population was within 1 mile of a Wal-Mart. In the maps below you can watch as Wal-Mart expands to reach more and more of this urban population. Ten years ago, Wal-Mart had no stores in any of these cities; today they have 20. In Washington, D.C., three additional Wal-Marts are under development, allowing us to project the retailer’s market growth into the future.

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

Source: Wal-Mart, U.S. Census Bureau

Credit: April Fehling, Tyler Fisher, Christopher Groskopf, Alyson Hurt, Livia Labate and Ariel Zambelich/NPR

Note: All population estimates refer to block-level 2010 Census figures.


#onthisday in 1873, Boston’s Registrar issued a report on the births, marriages, and deaths in the city during 1872.  Some of the Registrar’s personal opinions may have crept into the report. Read some of these sample pages and see what you find!

Report of the City Registrar, Proceedings of the City Council, Collection 0100.001, Docket 1873-0331-G, Boston City Archives