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Old 03-25-2017, 03:43 PM
 
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Population dips to lowest since 1999 in Jackson County | MLive.com

By Taylor DesOrmeau | tdesorme@mlive.com
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on March 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM, updated March 24, 2017 at 8:33 AM
JACKSON, MI - For the fourth year in a row, Jackson County's population has dropped - according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

July 2016 estimates were released this week, showing Jackson County's population dropped by more than 1,000 in the past year, from 159,465 to 158,460. With the 0.63 percent drop, the population in the county is the lowest it's been since 1999.

More than $105 million, 650 jobs pledged in Jackson County last year
More than $105 million, 650 jobs pledged in Jackson County last year
Create 1,500 new jobs in Jackson County by 2020. That's the goal The Enterprise Group of Jackson set out before 2016.

The last time Jackson County's population dropped more than 1,000 was 2008 - when it dropped by nearly 2,500.

"I'm not really concerned," said Jackson County Administrator/Controller Mike Overton. "Jackson's a great place to live."

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Only Wayne County (7,696) and Genesee County (1,827) lost more residents in 2016 than Jackson County. Kent County had the largest gains, with 6,078 more residents, followed by Washtenaw, Oakland, Macomb and Ingham counties.

If the population dropped by 1,000 every year, Overton said he'd be much more concerned. As baby boomers move south for retirement, many Midwestern areas lose people, he added.

While some surrounding counties have lost people in the past year, none of the seven counties have lost more people or a larger percentage of residents than Jackson County. Here's a look at how nearby counties fared.

Washtenaw: 360,847 to 364,709 (up 3,862, 1.07 percent increase)
Ingham: 285,735 to 288,051 (up 2,316, 0.81 percent increase)
Livingston: 187,350 to 188,624 (up 1,274, 0.68 percent increase)
Eaton: 108,676 to 109,160 (up 484, 0.45 percent increase)
Lenawee: 98,389 to 98,504 (up 115, 0.12 percent increase)
Calhoun: 134,447 to 134,386 (down 61, 0.04 percent decrease)
Hillsdale: 45,940 to 45,774 (down 166, 0.36 percent decrease)
The data doesn't show where the population gains and losses came within each county. Of Michigan's 83 counties, 48 saw a population decline in 2016.

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See how your Michigan county's population has changed
New county population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau were released Thursday

"Obviously we want more people to live here," Overton said. "That's what fills the houses and the jobs and everything else."

Jackson County population estimates, since 1981

1981: 151,459
1982: 150,195
1983: 147,930
1984: 145,374
1985: 144,602
1986: 145,355
1987: 147,758
1988: 148,357
1989: 148,816
1990: 150,128
1991: 151,039
1992: 151,465
1993: 152,445
1994: 152,288
1995: 153,313
1996: 154,289
1997: 155,331
1998: 155,991
1999: 157,085
2000: 158,679
2001: 159,772
2002: 160,893
2003: 162,119
2004: 162,140
2005: 163,047
2006: 163,387
2007: 163,316
2008: 160,825
2009: 160,114
2010: 160,169
2011: 159,673
2012: 160,102
2013: 159,789
2014: 159,597
2015: 159,465
2016: 158,460
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Old 03-25-2017, 05:21 PM
 
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I think Jackson Counties declines this year are more of a correction. The pattern doesn't fit with the other years. Also there is nothing from an economic/job growth statistic that would suggest a jump in declines. For reference Muskegon County somehow added almost 800 residents in this years estimates when it was adding about 100-200 per year for the last 6. Same deal, nothing to point to a jump. I wouldn't be surprised if 2017 estimates showed a small bump back for Jackson County.
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