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Decatur population continues to decline

January 19 2018, 05:37 | Alonzo Simpson

Decatur population continues to decline

Decatur population continues to decline

For the third consecutive year, IL lost more residents than any other state in 2016, losing 37,508 people, according to USA census data released in December.

Vernon County grew by 0.95 percent thanks mostly to people moving in from elsewhere in the country.

The Decatur metropolitan area is defined by the census as all of Macon County.

The rankings are based on percentage growth.

The Census Bureau had more bad news for Chicago and IL in its latest population estimates.

"Economic opportunities and employment decisions are really the driver for people moving to a region", Mr. Briem said.

The growth is still concentrated in the eastern population centers.

The vendors for major employers, especially Wal-Mart, bring in residents, Jebaraj said.

People move from county to county or from state to state for a whole slew of reasons, he said: job prospects, the state of the economy, where their family lives, and even the culture of a city. Mayor Pugh's job is to keep them here. "There's a real concerted effort to raise the standard of living here". Downtown development, coupled with business growth along the Highway 281 area, shows the benefit of having a growing population as Hall County is seeing.

As of July, 11,386 residents were added to the county's tally, down slightly from the more than 12,000 added the year before. Its 2016 population was estimated at 123,996.

Nationally, the Texas metropolitan areas of Dallas and Houston continued to boom, with each adding well over 100,000 people past year. Thus, anyone who moves to the suburbs here crosses the county line by definition.

Four metro areas were among both the 25 fastest growing and the 25 largest numeric gaining between 2015 and 2016: Austin, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Las Vegas. "While net worldwide migration has not reached prior levels, net domestic migration and natural increase have continued to rise, making Maricopa County this year's largest numeric gainer". Cook County - which includes Chicago and its suburbs - saw the largest fall in the nation past year, losing 21,324 people, according to estimates.

The numbers suggest that the Chicago metro area witnessed a net loss of almost 20,000 residents a year ago while IL as a whole lost 37,500 people.

The population rose 10.4 percent from 2010 to 2016.

Micro areas in the West grew the most. Wood County and Hancock County saw population jumps of 613 and 138 people, respectively. Seven counties comprise the metro area.

"We were fed up with Chicago and IL and we were looking for a change", Rollens said. "One of the biggest factors in our growth is the medical community".

The Census Bureau numbers only go from July 1 to June 30 each year, so that data doesn't reflect events that have happened since that time that might be affecting the local climate and economy.

While the Indy metro is leading the state's growth, the state's other metro areas are contributing, too. The Pine Bluff metro area includes Cleveland, Jefferson and Lincoln counties. Wake County grew the most (16.2 percent) followed by Mecklenburg County (14.7 percent). The area added the 23rd-most people, more than Boston but fewer than Minneapolis.

Rex Richards, president of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, cited Porter County's "outstanding" school districts. Population estimates for cities, villages and townships are expected to be released later in the year.

Of the state's seven big counties, though, Duval had the third-highest growth rate. Hays, which grew 5.1 percent a year ago, ranked second. From 2011 to 2015, Hancock County averaged annual growth of 433 residents per year, Kinghorn said. And among the top 10 counties in growth, only two are from Upstate New York. That's a continued growth from the 2000 census when 75,755 residents were recorded in Lee County.

Madison County Judge Frank Weaver was skeptical.

"So I'll be fine", he said. "We've been through a very hard time, but I hope we can see an uptick before long". It's a quandary to me.

"The drugs, and you know, they empty houses".

The new residents brought the county's overall population estimate to 1,043,863-making the county the most populous jurisdiction in Maryland.

Between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016, Cook County lost a net of 21,324 people to hit 5,203,499, according to the Census Bureau.

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