Lucas County losing population as Wood, Hancock, Fulton grow

Lucas County losing population as Wood, Hancock, Fulton grow

New Jersey's population inched up by the barest of margins a year ago, continuing a almost three-decade trend that has seen the state grow at one of the slowest rates in the country, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The census estimates there were 183,149 county residents in 2016.

Washtenaw County was the next highest, adding 3,862, also a 1% gain.

That was just enough to be among the 55 percent of Wisconsin counties with population growth during the year.

Macomb County grew by 3,223. "With the decline we are going in the right direction and it's good to swing into the positive influx of people coming into the county and losing fewer people with each population forecast".

However, Loudoun ranks as the 16th fastest-growing community in the country. "I think Kent is a real magnet", said demographer Kurt Metzger, who shared his analysis with the Free Press.

"I'm really happy to see some news about San Juan County that's not politically charged, it's welcome news.it makes people pay a little bit of attention to this corner of the state, which makes me happy", San Juan County commissioner Phil Lyman said.

Grand Island's growth has helped bring such accomplishments as a revitalization of the downtown area.

The importance of increasing the community's population was stressed in an economic development report local officials received a year ago from Market Street Services Inc. "We also have jobs here to support that quality of life".

For the fourth year in a row, The Villages, FL, a metro area west of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area, was the nation's fastest-growing metro area, with a 4.3 percent population increase between 2015 and 2016.

The statewide loss is reflected to differing degrees at the county level.

In the middle of the state, the population in the Columbia metro area grew to 176,945, an increase of 13,000 since the 2010 census.

"We're still not attracting and retaining people in their child-bearing years", he said.

But at the same time, 17,346 people moved out of Wayne County to other places in the United States.

Part of Lopez's district, Delaware County, had one of the highest population losses in the state for 2010-2016: 5.1 percent.

"Bentonville and Northwest Arkansas in general is a place where people have a reasonable chance of success if they're willing to work hard and they come with certain skill sets", said Troy Galloway, Bentonville's director of community and economic development. The number of residents has nearly doubled since 2000 when the Census Bureau reported a population of about 124,000. Compared with the 2015 census, Burlington lost 391 people. "That was the main contributor to their population gain". Three quarters of the state's counties had flat or diminishing numbers of residents previous year.

"If you look at our knowledge-based economy, we create about 30% of the new jobs in MI annually", Mullan said.

It's up to the state's civic leaders to halt the exodus and make CT a place people want to live.

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