Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Loudoun Co., DC drive region's population growth

Loudoun Co., DC drive region's population growth

Between 2015 and 2016, 328 moved out of Morgan County. "While net global 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". IL led the nation in population loss for the second straight year.

Speculation is that the rural population decline has flattened out, more 30-somethings are seeking to live in rural areas, and immigration has had a larger impact on rural areas than expected. Chicago is the only metropolis among the top 10 cities in America to lose population. It's grown about 4.5 percent since 2010.

"We think the strides we're making in Wayne County in both those areas will continue to positively impact our population numbers as more and more people come to recognize the growing opportunities and quality of life here", Martinez said.

Private industry has been thriving, and economists say the job market is the strongest it's been in years.

Foster said home prices have remained stable, but he predicted that there will be some movement in interest rates before too long. "We are now experiencing more than $1 billion in medical expansion, and we are one year into the medical school program at Arkansas State University". Ottawa now has an estimated 282,250 residents, up 6.7 percent since 2010.

"The population growth in Albany and Saratoga counties indicate that we're onto something", he said via email Thursday.

While the Indy metro is leading the state's growth, the state's other metro areas are contributing, too.

The Pine Bluff metro area was the only one in Arkansas to have a decrease between 2015 and 2016.

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But even if Baltimore isn't unique among similarly situated cities in losing population, the decline is still a problem that needs to be addressed. In addition, the average sales price has gone down by 8.5 percent. Rural counties like Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties had declines of 2 percent and 3 percent, respectively, over the past five years.

While the Census Bureau gathers demographic information about such topics as race, sex and income, the documents released this week said nothing about the demographics of those who came and went from Shawnee County. Iron County was estimated at 49,937, up 1,643 from the previous year.

Pulaski County held steady with an increase in population of 318 - or 0.1 percent - to 393,250.

Of the state's seven big counties, though, Duval had the third-highest growth rate.

But the raw figures can be misleading, since Cook is still the second-largest county in the United States after Los Angeles. The continued erosion of residents is solid evidence that state economic policies need to be revamped, now.

Maricopa County, Arizona, which includes Phoenix, gained the most people of any county in the nation, replacing Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston.

Regionally, three counties showed growth spurts.

Madison County Judge Frank Weaver was skeptical.

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