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Old 02-16-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:29 PM
 
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South Dakota was released today - a good number of its rural counties have shown continued population loss, even as the state as a whole grew around 8%. That pattern has been in effect since the 1960's or so - in some cases, earlier.

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Old 02-16-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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South Dakota was released today - a good number of its rural counties have shown continued population loss, even as the state as a whole grew around 8%. That pattern has been in effect since the 1960's or so - in some cases, earlier.
Jones County, SD has just over 1,000 people.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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I was reading a couple pages back and noticing all the talk about Chicago's decline. I could have sworn that they reversed their population loss starting around the last few years of the decade, no? Although it didn't quite make up for the defecit just yet?
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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Wow, the South Dakota map is pretty intense with the rural counties. Most of the Midwest saw a ton of loss in rural areas but SD looks just terrible.

I've always wondered why Pierre doesn't seem to grow much. It's the state capital... anybody have any ideas?
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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Wow, the South Dakota map is pretty intense with the rural counties. Most of the Midwest saw a ton of loss in rural areas but SD looks just terrible.

I've always wondered why Pierre doesn't seem to grow much. It's the state capital... anybody have any ideas?
They don't have a bloated state government in South Dakota.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Right, and, unlike most states, South Dakota doesn't have any major universities in it's capital.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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Several states in the south are seeing rural decline also, but to a lesser degree. 1/2 of South Dakota's population lives in 5 counties and Pierre is not in one of those. Pierre is a small city that happens to be a capital, but not a whole lot of business or major government function to make it grow much.

Souix Falls and Rapid City are the two major metropolitan areas of the state and growing quite rapidly. Brookings, SD is growing rapidly too and only has 26,000 people. Pierre will need more to be able to drive a population growth beyond being a state capital.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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Texas was released today, and here is the map:

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Old 02-17-2011, 03:45 PM
 
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So Loving County (Mentone) gained population...I guess the intense marketing efforts by Texas C-D posters worked.
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