Monday, December 22, 2008

Missouri falls behind in population growth

There's some good news today--at least, it's good news in my viewpoint. Missouri has lost ranking in population. Now, we keep gaining population, don't misunderstand me; but, we aren't gaining people as rapidly as other states.

So maybe our farmland and hunting lands aren't being depleted as rapidly as elsewhere.

The Kansas City Business Journal reported this morning:

Kansas and Missouri each have fallen a notch in the rankings of states by population since the 2000 census, according to estimates released Monday.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Missouri’s population as of July 1 at 5.911 million, up nearly 315,000 or 5.6 percent from April 1, 2000. Missouri now ranks as the 18th most populous state, down one spot from the last census.

The percentage growth in both states lagged the nation’s 8 percent increase in population from 2000 to 2008. Nevada had the largest percentage increase in population during the period, at 30.1 percent.

Texas showed the biggest population increase during the period in terms of numbers, gaining more than 3.475 million. Texas and California each recorded population increases from 2000 to 2008 exceeding Kansas’ total population.

So the Califoreigners and the Florimmigrants are choosing Texas and other states over Missouri. Thank goodness! That's great news. Here's a link to the Census Bureau spreadsheet on state population, so you can check your own state.--RDH

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