Counties lose population in latest US Census estimate

No other metro area topped 4 percent. Kansas City, Missouri, is one place ahead of us at No. 30.

The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates indicate a net upstate population loss of 23,434 people from July 2015 to July 2016. The year before it reported a loss of 6,716.

Maricopa County gained over 81,000 people between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016, a daily increase of 222. That makes for an annual growth rate of 1.2 percent, a marked decrease from rates exceeding 2 percent that Harris County has seen for the past three years. "In the last couple of years, that worldwide migration has remained stable but ... people are moving out of the area and elsewhere in the country".

Kent County Administrator Daryl Delabbio said Grand Rapids has a growing medical sector with Michigan State University's Medical School and the Van Andel Institute.

Harris County saw a net increase of 56,587 people to a total population of 4,589,928-this was even though the county saw a net of 16,225 residents move to other parts of the United States.

Portland gained residents from migration at a rate of about 80 a day, a net gain of 29,000 residents.

Neighboring communities, like the Rochester region, face a similar trend, he said.

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Job growth dropped off in the fall, leading Harvey to worry low unemployment was stifling the region's ability to grow.

With a net population increase of 3,800, the new figures put the county's population at 104,500 people. In return, Democrats in charge have pointed fingers at over two years of state budget gridlock during the Republicans tenure. "The in and out of residents is just the cycle of things", she said. West Virginia's is number one, at 12.2 per 1,000.

But that growth also represents challenges to provide affordable housing for residents who have made their home in the District for decades, and to make sure D.C. officials are forward-thinking as they make investments in transportation and the local economy, McDuffie said. "We're not losing multi-generational jobs, like the steel industry represented". With Wayne's precipitous drop, it's going to be interesting to see how well Detroit, the largest city in Wayne County, fared.

"Overall, Nevada's population is increasing due to natural increase, and migration has been playing less of a role", said state demographer Jeff Hardcastle.

But research shows there's been a "boomerang" effect with more people in their 30s moving back to rural counties, said Brian Depew, director of the Center for Rural Affairs.

Niagara County's population, meanwhile, continues to fall at a steady but steeper rate.

The majority of counties in IL saw declines, and overall population dropped by more than 37,500 from 2015 to 2016.


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