Elliot Park trends revealed

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June 20, 2005 // UPDATED 1:55 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Did you know that Elliot Park neighborhood got its name from Dr. Joseph Elliot, who donated farmland for the park that bears it, as well?

A user-friendly census profile of Elliot Park - the first Downtown neighborhood posted on the city's Web site - gives this historical information and a wealth of trends. For example, as of 2000, the neighborhood was growing more populous and younger even as it still lagged behind the city in areas such as income, poverty and unemployment.

(The census information reflects only the beginning of the most recent wave of development in Elliot Park; the Web site mentions the 179 East Village apartments but not the rental and for-sale units at Grant Park and similar planned projects.)

- MORE PEOPLE: Elliot Park's population grew from 5,678 in 1990 to 6,476 in 2000 - a 15 percent rate that easily topped the city's 4 percent overall gain.

- FEWER SENIORS: The neighborhood that had about 800 people aged 65-84 in 1990 had fewer than 500 in 2000. Taking their place were children, adolescents and especially 18-24-year-olds, who accounted for the greatest increase. The majority of residents - more than 60 percent - are 18-44 years old.

- MORE PEOPLE OF COLOR: Census figures showed more Hispanics and blacks with fewer whites and American Indians, and an Asian population holding steady. The black population doubled from 1990 to 2000; from 1,040 to 2,023. Hispanics showed a slightly smaller percentage, from 278 in 1990 to 500 in 2000.

Meanwhile, the white population slid from 4,025 people in 1990 to 3,194 in 2000.

- STILL LOWER-INCOME: Incomes have risen gradually, but Elliot Park residents earned less than half the citywide average in 2000. (Dollar amounts have been adjusted for 1999 or 2000 inflation.) The median Elliot Park household income in 2000 was $18,013 vs. $37,974 citywide. Thirty-eight percent of the population lived below the poverty level in 2000; 33 percent of families and 49 percent of families with children under 18. (The 2000 poverty level was $8,051 for individuals and $17,029 for a family of four.)

- HIGHER RENTS: The average cost of rent, utilities and fuel was $432 in 2000, but households spent more income on rent than in the decades passed; 14 percent in 1980, 25 percent in 1990 and 29 percent in 2000.

- HIGHER JOBLESSNESS: While unemployment fell in Minneapolis to 5.8 percent

in 2000, it jumped 7 points in Elliot Park to

15.4 percent.

- LIVING ALONE: Most Elliot Park residents live alone; 68 percent in 2000, a decrease from 75 percent in 1980. Although there are fewer seniors, more of them live alone - 58 percent in 2000 vs. 43 percent in 1980.

- RENTER-HEAVY: The vast majority of residents continue to be renters; 97 percent in 2000. There were 2,859 housing units in Elliot Park in 2000, 669 fewer than in 1990. Vacancy rates fell dramatically, from 23.2 in 1990 percent to 5.1 percent in 2000.

Check out the profile at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/neighborhoods. Maps will soon show blocks, land parcels, zoning and land use.

Elliot Park is bounded on the north by 5th Avenue South, South 5th Street, I-35W, East 18th Street and 4th Avenue South. The city hopes to have profiles available for every neighborhood soon.