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    Population Decline

    http://www.omaha.com/article/20110211/NEWS01/702109780
    Western Iowa counties saw some of the state's biggest population slides over the past decade, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday, providing further assurance that the region will see a vastly changed congressional district.
    Audubon, Adams and Sac Counties in western Iowa were among the five counties with the greatest rates of decline, according to official population figures from the 2010 Census.

    Throughout the state, the white population declined by 9,221 people while the Latino population grew by 69,071.
    Overall, Iowa grew by 120,031 people since 2000 to reach 3,046,355 people. Three minority groups — Latinos, blacks and Asians — accounted for 94 percent of that growth.


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    Re: Population Decline

    Completely different story for central Iowa: A closer look at Des Moines-area Census data | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs

    Waukee saw its population boom 169 percent since 2000. The western Des Moines suburb helped five central Iowa counties — Dallas, Polk, Warren, Story and Madison — rank among the top 10 Iowa counties with the highest percentage of population growth over the past decade.

    Positive Census data for the Des Moines metro area will put its communities in stronger position to receive state and federal money for economic development and quality of life projects.

    Iowa’s capital city also saw its population climb above 200,000 for the first time since the 1970 Census. Des Moines had 203,433 residents in 2010, up 4,751 people, or 2.4 percent over 2000, the Census Bureau reported.


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    I am sad to see the white population decrease by about 10,000. Many of those are educated young folks that flew the coop. On the bright side that article states that minority groups accounted for nearly 95% of the increase in population which is a great thing for our predominantly white state. (Except when they are from Chicago and bringing crime to the state)...


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    Re: Population Decline

    What would be really interesting would be to see some more county by county data... id be interested to see the average age in each county, as well as projections for 2020 populations..



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    Re: Population Decline

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUboi12 View Post
    I am sad to see the white population decrease by about 10,000. Many of those are educated young folks that flew the coop. On the bright side that article states that minority groups accounted for nearly 95% of the increase in population which is a great thing for our predominantly white state. (Except when they are from Chicago and bringing crime to the state)...
    very correct here. the white population is dying (literally). the small counties will decrease in population at a more rapid rate, IMO, because the population in those counties is in large part older.

    you are correct on one portion of the minority population coming to Iowa. they are very largely doing it for one reason, and changing the climates of the towns they are moving to. See: Iowa City for example. Our welfare rules need to change, and change fast. You have to know it is bad when Illinois, of all places, stops the handouts.......what a mess.



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    Re: Population Decline

    Glad to see Mills as one of the few Western counties growing. Surprised it was just by 500 though.

    Sad to see Adams down to just 4,000.



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    Re: Population Decline

    I'm surprised to see that Newton (my hometown) is only down 2.1%, from 2000-2010 and the population is still above 15,000. I thought the leaving of Maytag would have taken a larger chunk of population. Even though the town has a lot of empty store fronts.


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    Re: Population Decline

    Quote Originally Posted by gwoodclone View Post
    Glad to see Mills as one of the few Western counties growing. Surprised it was just by 500 though.

    Sad to see Adams down to just 4,000.
    There are few large bodies of water in western Iowa, Storm Lake Okoboji, Manawa, Black Hawk, and Twin Lakes, and Icaria barely qualifies. I don't fish or own a boat but I would love to. There is little to do here in the heat of the summer, except golf (yes I golf , now you know why) Spring and fall are just awesome in the state forests in the loess hills, there is almost no one else ever seen while hiking. My point is, if you make a 6 figure income and make decisions for your company, why would you move a company, or want to live in western Iowa? Where do you live? In the biggest house in Kirkman?


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    Re: Population Decline

    When are they going to release the stats for each town?



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    Re: Population Decline

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    When are they going to release the stats for each town?
    They have been released. If you use that interactive map on the register's website you can switch between county and city numbers.

    I was surprised Ames is up to 58K. I wonder what the population would be if the city wasn't soo anti growth and hostile to new developments.



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    Re: Population Decline

    Rural Iowa is dying. It may be more pronounced in the west half of the state since there aren't as many cities, but people are leaving "small town Iowa." As someone mentioned earlier, most of the populations are old and there is nothing to draw young people in unless they want to start farming. But those who want to start farming are most likely moving back home to work their folks' place, or never left in the first place so the numbers don't increase. Schools consolidate and class sizes continue to shrink until the district has to dissolve. Without a school the town completely dies.

    Gladbrook is facing a similar issue right now (east-central Iowa). We have a junior high and elementary school in town, but this years kindergarten class has 6 kids. We'll only be a 1A school for another year or two, and a couple years after that we may go down to 8-man football. There are very few people interested in moving here from Marshalltown (20 minutes away) or Waterloo (45 minutes away) or Tama (30 minutes away). A significant portion of the young families that live here are people that grew up here but work in Waterloo - what are they going to do if the school shuts down? It's a 20 minute drive to a decent grocery store.


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    Rural Iowa is really declining. Its a shame. I'm from Western Iowa originally, pretty much all the counties around where I grew up lost a significant amount of population. Few jobs, few recreation options. The drain continues. Its a shame.



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    Re: Population Decline

    Ames overtook Dubuque and is now the 8th largest city in Iowa...

    http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=311465

    Dubuque lost only 49 residents during the decade, but even that small dip was enough to drop the city from Iowa’s eighth largest to its ninth — overtaken by Ames.


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    What's the solution? I'm from rural Iowa but moved out of state for better job opportunities. I loved where I grew up (NE Iowa) but there isn't anything there for my family currently.



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