About David Robinson

David is the Director of Analytic Services for CVEP. David lives for travel, loves everything about maps, listens to too many podcasts, and spoils his cat. He has graduate degrees in Architecture and Geographic Information Systems and is passionate about gathering, organizing, and disseminating data about the Coachella Valley.

A Sneak Peek at the 2023 Economic Summit Report

By |2023-10-03T15:25:51-07:00October 3rd, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , , |

Today we present you with a sneak peek of our 19th Annual CVEP Economic Report. Our team from Claremont McKenna College, headed by Professor Manfred Keil, is busy finalizing the analysis of the latest economic data for the Coachella Valley. The final report will be available in digital form soon after our October 11 Summit. [...]

Ranking of Occupation Groups in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-09-19T17:09:09-07:00September 19th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , , |

In my last blog, I mapped where the Coachella Valley's working population is concentrated. Now let's look more closely at the types of occupations valley workers occupy. We will explore a ranking of occupation classes derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. We'll rank the classes by the total number [...]

The Working Population in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-09-06T21:28:16-07:00September 6th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

As a nation, we have many, many conflicting opinions and beliefs about the state of the American economy. One fact cannot be refuted, however. Employment in the US continues to rise, albeit at a recently lower rate. Today’s Data Digest shows a map of where the working-aged population resides in the Coachella Valley and how [...]

Tropical Storm Hilary and the Unique Geography of the Coachella Valley

By |2023-08-23T07:14:03-07:00August 22nd, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

My brother-in-law lives in Orlando, FL. During the fast approach of Hurricane Hilary, he was eager to help us prepare. After all, he's got a lot of experience, living in Florida. He was also keen to remind us that they haven't even had a significant hurricane yet. How could the first hurricane in the family [...]

Land Use in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-08-08T19:14:18-07:00August 8th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

As any of you who have read my Data Digest can tell, I can't get enough of graphs, tables, and infographics. One of my go-to sites for infographics about the economy is Visual Capitalist. Recently I stumbled on one of their older articles titled Mapped: The Anatomy of Land Use in America (and I can [...]

Our 18 and younger population in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-07-27T11:08:59-07:00July 26th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , , , |

In a recent Desert Sun article titled Palm Springs is an oasis for tourists, but not for the area's majority low-income students, the author, Jonathan Horwitz, explores how the Coachella Valley’s “glamourous vision” obscures a darker demographic fact. Many of the valley’s K-12 students are socioeconomically disadvantaged at higher rates than those in the rest [...]

Wealth in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-07-11T07:10:04-07:00July 11th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , |

For my first Data Digest of 2023, I explored household income in the Coachella Valley. Household income has risen since the COVID lockdowns, especially for those with the lowest incomes. Persistent inflation, however, has taken a painful bite from these needed gains. Income is earned or received during a limited period. Many US households live [...]

Urban Displacement in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-06-28T14:47:33-07:00June 28th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

Since the beginning of the pandemic, residential real estate has been on a wild roller coaster ride. Housing prices in the Coachella Valley rose to historic levels during the COVID restrictions. People moved into the valley for comparatively lower-priced homes and less overcrowding, looking for more desirable places to lock down and work from home. [...]

Agriculture in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-06-06T17:32:57-07:00June 6th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , , |

The Coachella Valley Agriculture sector is valued at an estimated $600 million, according to the 2019 Coachella Valley Water District's (CVWD) 2019 Crop Report. It accounts for half the estimated $1.3 billion agriculture industry in Riverside County. By CVWD's estimations, agriculture is the "second largest contributor to the local economy," They estimate it contributes nearly [...]

Employment Centers of the Coachella Valley

By |2023-05-24T10:03:27-07:00May 23rd, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

At CVEP we always keep a regional lens on the Coachella Valley. We see an interwoven tapestry of opportunities and challenges between the cities, unincorporated areas, and tribal nations of our interconnected valley. Business and job potential run throughout our region.  Today's map dismisses typical boundaries and explores the employment landscape from a valley-wide view. [...]

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