If the metro-east has felt a little roomier lately, you’re right.
Six metro-east counties shrank by about 9,500 people since 2010, for a 1.45 percent population loss, according to new Census Bureau estimates released on Thursday.
Monroe (2.8 percent) and Clinton (0.06 percent) counties were the only two that saw any growth. On the other hand, the Census measured decreases in Madison (1.14 percent), Randolph (1.86 percent), St. Clair (2.22 percent), and Bond (4.6 percent) counties.
The Census Bureau periodically releases new estimates that update the 10-year Census. The population in towns, cities and villages are updated yearly based on boundary changes and corrections and revisions of the nationwide survey.
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Mascoutah saw the largest growth of any locality in the metro-east with a population of at least 5,000 inhabitants. The city increased from 7,483 people to 7,975, or about 6.6 percent.
Following Mascoutah were Maryville, by 5.5 percent; Waterloo, by 4.3 percent; Edwardsville, by 2.9 percent; and O’Fallon, by 2.6 percent.
Cahokia experienced the largest population loss of localities with at least 5,000 people. The village declined from 15,241 to 14,577, or 5.5 percent.
Following Cahokia were Belleville, by 5.49 percent; Centreville, by 5.3 percent; Greenville, by 4.8 percent; and Pontoon Beach, by 3.4 percent.
Nationwide, Illinois grew steadily from 2010 through 2013, but in 2014 and 2015, it lost about 7,000 and 22,000 people, respectively. Illinois saw a 0.23 percent population increase since 2010, ranking it fourth last in the nation, including Washington D.C.
North Dakota saw the biggest jump, at 12.5 percent since 2010. West Virginia saw the only decrease, by almost half a percent, since that time.