The Census Bureau released its 2020 Census results last Thursday. The data shows that Webster Parish’s population decreased by 10.3% in the previous ten years from 41,207 in 2010 to 36,967 in 2020, a decrease of 4,240 people (424 people per year).
Possible effects of population decline are:
- fewer schools, due to there being fewer children;
- a drop in house prices because more homes are unoccupied;
- fewer new homes being built;
- less demand for rented accommodation;
- fewer care facilities;
- less turnover of product for shops and businesses;
- fewer sports facilities;
- fewer people going to the theatre, cinema or concerts, so these facilities are eventually cut back;
- local residents have to travel further to reach the facilities they want.
To dive into more detail about Webster Parish Census Data from the 2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, click the file below:
Population Changes Across the Country Since the 2010 Census
Yesterday’s release reveals changes in the size and distribution of the population across the United States. The population of U.S. metro areas grew by 9% from 2010 to 2020, resulting in 86% of the population living in U.S. metro areas in 2020, compared to 85% in 2010.
“Many counties within metro areas saw growth, especially those in the south and west. However, as we’ve seen in our annual population estimates, our nation is growing slower than it used to,” said Marc Perry, a senior demographer at the Census Bureau. “This decline is evident at the local level where around 52% of the counties in the United States saw their 2020 Census populations decrease from their 2010 Census populations.”
County and metro area highlights:
- The largest county in the United States in 2020 remains Los Angeles County, with over 10 million people.
- The largest city (incorporated place) in the United States in 2020 remains New York, with 8.8 million people.
- 312 of the 384 U.S. metro areas gained population between 2010 and 2020.
- The fastest-growing U.S. metro area between the 2010 Census and 2020 Census was The Villages, FL, which grew 39% from about 93,000 people to about 130,000 people.
- 72 U.S. metro areas lost population from the 2010 Census to the 2020 Census. The U.S. metro areas with the most significant percentage declines were Pine Bluff, AR, and Danville, IL, at -12.5 percent and -9.1 percent, respectively.