AGEING CORE-CITY AND REJUVENATED SUBURBIA: EVIDENCE FROM RIGA, 2000-2016
Krisjane Zaiga, Dr Geography, Professor of the Department of Human Geography, Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Krumins Janis, Berzins Maris, Skadins Toms, Sechi Guido, Apsite-Berina Elina
Ageing process is a common feature for numerous post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe; whilst suburban areas have displayed a pattern of rejuvenation. Previous research has stressed that the age structure changes in population of post-socialist cities and suburbs are mostly suburbanisation-driven. The aim of the study is to explore spatial and temporal patterns of population structure in Riga and it’s metropolitan area. The study analyses 2000 and 2011 Census, as well as 2016 Population register data to provide an overview of residential patterns and geographic trends of the most mobile age group (25–34 years) and the least mobile (65+ years). Our results show that there is residential clusterisation in Riga and its metropolitan areas leading to residential (demographic) polarisation.