St. Louis Loses People to Exurbs

St. Louis is reeling from the news that it lost 29,000 residents, or 8%, of its population since 2000. Bi-annual population estimates had led many to believe the city had finally turned a corner. Meanwhile, exurban counties posted 30+ percent growth.
February 27, 2011, 9am PST | Tim Halbur
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News of the loss was especially disappointing as the Census's biannual
Angie Schmitt writes:

"News of the loss was especially disappointing as the Census's biannual population estimates had shown a slight uptick in city population, leading many to believe St. Louis had turned a corner."

Schmitt looks at a recent New Geography article, which argues that this is actually evidence that St. Louis is flourishing.

"St. Louis County lost two percent of its population, dipping below 1 million residents, as a result of population declines in the inner-ring suburbs. Meanwhile, suburban St. Charles County overtook the population of the city of St. Louis in the last decade."

Thanks to Angie Schmitt

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Published on Friday, February 25, 2011 in Streetsblog Network
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