33rd Annual Demographic Workshop

Forecasting the New Normal


33rd Annual Demographic Workshop: Forecasting the New Normal

Presented by the Southern California Association of Governments and the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Sept. 14 and 21, 2022
1:30 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.

Event Programs

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

In the post-pandemic era, our region faces uncertainty around the future of housing, mobility, and employment. What is the new normal, who will benefit, and who will struggle to adapt? How can we plan for a different future when the present is still heavily in flux?

The 33rd annual Demographic Workshop, “Forecasting the New Normal,” where a lineup of leading experts weighed in on what’s in store for post-COVID Southern California. The workshop, in partnership with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, was held virtually on the afternoons of Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Day 1 kicked off the event with a demographic “check-up” panel covering the latest trends in population with an eye toward their policy implications. A second panel discussed the latest research in housing and migration.

Day 2 began with Dr. Kahn’s keynote address which then be followed by a panel titled “Back to whose normal?” investigating transportation, environmental, and equity implications of the new normal.

Matthew Kahn

Matthew Kahn
USC Provost Professor of Economics and Spatial Sciences

Dr. Kahn’s research focuses on urban and environmental economics. In April 2022 the University of California Press published his book Going Remote: How the Flexible Work Economy Can Improve our Lives and Our Cities.

Following the panels, each day featured a one-hour roundtable led by experts in demographics and related areas covering the latest data, tools, and best practices.

For additional details about the event, please contact Kevin Kane at kane@scag.ca.gov.

American Community Survey 2021 1-Year Estimates
A First Look at Post-COVID Southern California

American Community Survey 2021 1-Year Estimates: A First Look at Post-COVID Southern California

The COVID-19 pandemic not only impacted trends, it impacted the ability to generate data. The venerable American Community Survey’s 2020 1-year estimates were severely pared down due to sampling challenges, meaning that it was only possible to get state-level data on a limited set of topics. Until release American Community Survey’s 2020 1-year estimates, the only available Census 2020 data product is the so-called PL-94 file used for congressional redistricting, which lacks core details such as age.

This report takes a look at this newly released 2021 ACS 1-year data with an eye on economic and demographic changes observed in the SCAG region. It highlights the differences between 2019 and 2021 in order to compare pre- and post-pandemic.

Download the American Community Survey 2021 1-Year Estimates: A First Look at Post-COVID Southern California report.