Census Bureau estimates population growth in county
Jackson County’s population is on the rise, according to data recently released by the United States Census Bureau.
Census officials estimated that Jackson County grew by 166 people from 13,373 on July 1, 2013 to 13,539 on July 1, 2014. This is the highest population estimate the county has ever received, according to census data. The census website, www.census.gov, includes a list of population estimates for all counties starting in 1970.
In 1970, Jackson County’s estimated population was 10,342 and grew to 11,644 in 1980. Throughout the 80s and the early 1990s, the county’s population hovered near 11,500.
From 1993 to 2000, census officials report that the county grew by almost 1,000 people, from 11,708 to 12,657. The county reached 13,000 residents between 2003 and 2004.
On Thursday, the Census Bureau released it annual estimates of populations of counties in the United States. The estimates are determined by using an equation that adds the population base, births and migration and subtracts deaths.
With 175 births and 132 deaths noted in the county, the county had a natural increase of 43 people in 2014. In addition, 132 people moved into the county between 2013 and 2014, including 126 new domestic residents and six international residents.
The county saw a residual decrease in population of nine, putting the county’s overall population increase at 166. Residuals involve changes in population that can’t be attributed to any specific demographic component, according to the Census Bureau.
Since the April 1, 2010 census, data has shown that the county’s population has been steadily decreasing, with 13,490 residents in 2010, 13,468 in 2011, 13,448 in 2012 and 13,373 in 2013.
Nearby, population estimates decreased by 168 in Shawnee County, 204 in Atchison County and 134 in Brown County. Estimates rose by eight in Nemaha County and 227 in Pottawatomie County and 31 in Jefferson County.
Statewide, officials have estimated that the population of Kansas increased by 8,220 residents this past year, from 2,895,801 to 2,904,021.
Nationally, Los Angeles, Calif., is still the nation’s most populous county with a July 1, 2014, population surpassing 10.1 million.
Among very small counties, Sterling, Texas, was the fastest growing of those with a population of fewer than 5,000 people in 2013 (8.9 percent growth). Among those in the 5,000-9,999 population range, McKenzie, N.D., led in rate of growth (18.3 percent).
In the coming months, the Census Bureau is expected to release 2014 population estimates of cities and towns, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin.