New census numbers show which Southern Illinois communities are shrinking

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Another trend emerging in the census data: An increasing number of big USA cities have lost population over the last few years. The Census Bureau reported that eight of the 15 cities or towns with the largest population gains were located in the South in 2017, with three of the top five in Texas.

The nation's housing stock grew by more than 1 million past year, reaching over 137 million units, according to Census reports.

Texas is again leading the nation in fast-growing cities, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Between 2016 and 2017 seven of the 15 fastest-growing large cities were located in Texas. Frisco's gain of 8.2 percent more people is more than 11 times faster than the nation's growth rate of 0.7 percent
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Through July 2017, according to the report, Clinton has an estimated population loss of 1,405, outdistancing Fort Dodge, the second-biggest drop in Iowa, by more than 500.

The group pointed to how the census data showed both out-migration and a shrinking workforce in 10 out of 12 IL metro areas from 2016 to 2017 and that only 15 percent of IL communities saw population growth. San Antonio's percentage population growth also was greater than several major metropolitan areas in Texas, including Dallas (1.4 percent), Austin (1.3 percent), and Houston (0.4 percent).

Last year, when I wrote about the census population data, I wondered how long Seattle could maintain such a breakneck pace of growth. "Not inconceivable at all, if you consider the population of Bend grew by nearly 4,000 people" between 2016 and 2017.


An analysis of the latest figures done by Frey at the Brookings Institution found that Chicago was one of 16 larger cities across the country that lost population, and it had the third-largest drop. Excluding Seattle, the county grew by just about 15,000 people previous year, for a growth rate of 1 percent.

On the list of cities with the most population increases, San Antonio took the No. 1 spot. L.A., by the way, was the nation's No. 2 city for overall population behind New York City. Both cities fell out of the top 20 after years near the top.

"We issued substantially more for construction than for demolition", Blair said. For each of the previous three years, the state lost population, and CT is still home to thousands fewer residents than in recent years. "Increasingly in the suburbs, the population is aging", he said.


Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, said Texas and Arizona cities have gained population because of relatively low home prices and relatively strong job creation that he attributes to low-tax policies drawing more employers.


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