I could have named this post 'Chart Withdrawal' since it has been a mighty long time since I last posted any sort of chart on this blog (and you all know how much I love posting charts).
Today though, I fulfill that need to share some data in charted format... but it won't involve the current local market real estate market conditions (nope, don't have access to that info any longer).
If you remember (heck I barely do) a couple of times I dug up some Census data to get a look at changes in the local population. My first post including this data was in 2008 and the Census info showed the first drop in the increase of population percentage for the first time last decade between the years 2006 and 2007 (the Census reports lag a year behind and are based on the estimated population count on July 1 of the particular year). I then made it a point to drum up the same data the following year in 2009, and it again showed a continued slide of population growth.
The report that became available last year I didn't follow up on until today. As it turns out there is a front page article found at the KDMiner.com site yesterday that sort of highlights the folks that wanted to put a stop to growth in Kingman. The group went so far as to start a political action committee (yeah... lobbyists) to show just how serious they were in defeating growth in the Kingman area. Well when you see the chart below, you will see just how effective they and their efforts were.
Okay, chart time...
According to the data, Kingman added an estimated two people to the population between 2008 and 2009. I've linked all the resources I used to make the chart. Please take a look for yourself, don't take my word for it.
Keep in mind that it was right around 2006 when anti growth groups began their use of scare tactics to make their case to the folks in Kingman. It was clear that they wanted to inhibit growth and judging by the data they had an impact.
So it is clear from recent posts of mine that; one, there isn't a water resource shortage at present or even in the near future... and two, Kingman is NOT growing at a pace where it will become a large city in any of our lifetimes.
So I guess the good news in all of this could be that the traffic problems on Stockton Hill Road will simply take care of themselves... in a few more years. So we have that going for us.