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.

2020 Census: Population Change by City

By |2021-11-16T14:23:30-08:00November 16th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

We continue our exploration of the 2020 Census population counts. Here we look at the change in population in the nine Coachella Valley cities from the 2010 census to the 2020 census. Overall, the combined nine Coachella Valley cities saw a 6.8% increase in population. Desert Hot Springs saw the highest increase, 25.3%, with Indio [...]

2020 Census: New Coachella Valley Census Tracts

By |2021-11-15T14:35:05-08:00November 15th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

The US Constitution obligates the US Census Bureau to administer a nationwide census every ten years. In preparation, the bureau reviews previous census tract boundaries. When a tract's population grows to over 8,000 persons, it may be split into two or more smaller census tracts. Oppositely, if the population in adjacent tracts drastically declines they [...]

COVID Case Rates: Last Year’s Economic Summit compared to this year’s

By |2021-11-03T07:31:48-07:00November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , |

This time of year is bustling at CVEP as we prepare for our annual Summit. Last year, as we entered our 8th month of COVID lockdowns, we had to switch gears and host a virtual summit. Back then we never would have believed that a new variant - Delta, would emerge and return us to [...]

Leisure and Hospitality Workers quit their jobs at a record pace

By |2021-10-15T18:22:09-07:00October 15th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nationally, workers in the Leisure and Hospitality sector are quitting their jobs at a record pace. In May alone, 5.3% quit, a new record for this sector and twice the national average for all industries. As we note with regularity, the Coachella Valley is over-reliant on the Leisure [...]

2020 Census Self-Report Rates in the Coachella Valley

By |2021-10-06T14:26:32-07:00October 6th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

While pouring myself a cup of coffee this morning a story on the radio caught my attention. The number of census respondents who identified with more than one racial group increased 276% from the last census. The NPR story noted three main factors behind this substantial increase. More children are being born to parents who [...]

Predominate Race/Ethnicity in Coachella Valley Census Tracts

By |2021-09-30T10:31:01-07:00September 30th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , |

This week we continue our preliminary review of the 2020 Census results. Last week we compared 2010 and 2020 Census population and race/ethnicity data for each of the nine valley cities. Here we look at these data more granularly.  This map displays the predominant race/ethnicity for each valley census tract. We do have a diverse [...]

2010 to 2020 Census Comparison

By |2021-09-22T11:13:36-07:00September 22nd, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , |

The US Census Bureau has finally released the 2020 redistricting data in a more accessible format. A primary purpose for each decennial census is providing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico with population counts to use in their redrawing of congressional and state legislative district boundaries. These data include population and [...]

Underemployment in Recent College Graduates

By |2021-09-08T16:18:12-07:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

CVEP’s inimitable leader, Joe Wallace, frequently forwards the CVEP staff timely and persuasive articles about subjects pertaining to our regional economic development efforts. Recently, he sent a table displaying rankings of underemployment amongst recent college graduates. Note that these are not unemployed graduates, but underemployed graduates. If you are not making full use of your [...]

Taxable Sales Across the Nine Coachella Valley Cities

By |2021-08-24T15:07:47-07:00August 24th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , |

In my previous post, I compared three years of taxable sales in the 9 Coachella Valley cities to glimpse the effects of COVID-19 on local business revenue. But I only reported sales for all business outlets and a subset of retail and food services. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration also provides sales [...]

Taxable Sales in the Coachella Valley

By |2021-08-10T16:37:11-07:00August 10th, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, Data Digest|Tags: , , |

Soon we will be in the midst of our annual snowbird season. How could we have imagined, even a few months ago, that COVID would affect a second tourist season in the valley?  The rapid rise of the COVID delta variant has regrettably forestalled our anticipated recovery. With so much changing so quickly, it is [...]

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