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Greater Details Known About Florissant Population From Census Data

Minority populations have increased since 2000, while vacant housing has doubled.

With the release of further details of the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau figures on Thursday afternoon, it’s become clear that has become a different town in the past decade.

According to the data, there has been a major shift in the racial lines of Florissant as all minority groups increased, while white residents decreased by more than 7,000 residents.

In 2000, the number of white residents in Florissant stood at 43,257, and in 2010, the Census recorded 36,148.

Florissant experienced the biggest growth in the African-American and Hispanic communities. In the past decade, the African-American population has gained more than 8,000 residents, while the Hispanic community gained more than 270 residents.

Another notable trend in the Florissant area is the amount of vacant housing. In the past decade, the number of vacant homes have more than doubled.

In 2000, the Census bureau recorded 628 vacant homes of a total 21,027 homes. Although, the number of homes grew in the past decade to 22,632, more than 1,300 homes were vacant in 2010.

The vacant homes could be due to an increase in foreclosures from a downturn in 2008 as foreclosures have persisted, according to Carol O’Mara, the City of Florissant’s Director of Housing and Community Development. 

Mayor Robert Lowery was unavailable for comment at the time of the data’s release.

Thursday’s census figures revealed that the Florissant population has grown by more than 3 percent in the past decade. The city’s rank by population, however, was knocked down two spots to No. 12 in Missouri. In 2000, Florissant was ranked as No. 10 in the state.

Although the city of Florissant picked up residents, the St. Louis County area experienced a loss of 1.7 percent, which brought the county below the 1 million mark.

The picture is not rosy for the state of Missouri overall, either. Although the state grew in population by 7 percent, it was not enough to prevent the loss of a congressional seat. The state will lose one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Thomas Nitzsche March 02, 2011 at 05:14 AM
HUD-approved housing counseling non-profit agency, Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions (Florissant branch), has seen a steady increase in clients from the area. In response, Clearpoint has increased staff and services to meet the demand for distressed homeowners. Clearpoint, the former Consumer Credit Counseling Service of St Louis, offers free housing delinquency counseling, free reverse mortgage counseling, and free and low-cost credit and bankruptcy counseling services to the public in person through 6 area locations, online, and by phone. Additionally, NFCC-accredited consumer credit counselor Thomas Nitzsche has reached out to the community by writing for several local media outlets including NOCOSTL.com and The Rock Road Reporter (March is inaugural issue) and has been featured on every St Louis TV network and NPR's St Louis On The Air with Don Marsh. Clearpoint also participated in PBS's Facing the Mortgage Crisis. Area homeowners are encouraged to reach out for help from area agencies and their mortgage lender. Homeowners are also warned to never pay any company who promises to modify their mortgage. Links are below: http://nocostl.com/2010/08/financial-talk-with-thomas-home-loan-modification/ http://www.kwmu.org/programs/slota/archivedetail.php?showid=4343 http://www.stlmortgagecrisis.org/ http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea04.shtm www.clearpointccs.org www.hud.gov www.nfcc.org

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