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For African-Americans and people from Africa and the African diaspora, the 2020 census is already raising questions.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The 2020 census is still two years away, but there is plenty of buzz about what the federal survey will ask, including questions about citizenship and country of origin.

For the first time, people will be able to write in their origins in a blank box on the census instead of just checking a race.

The survey, which happens every ten years, is designed to count the population so federal funds can be allocated across the country. But the new questions about where people come from can generate confusion or suspicion — especially from African-Americans, who may not know where their ancestors originated, or immigrants who believe their responses might be used against them in the future.

The region actually grew slightly from 2016 to 2017, but Baltimore and other cities gained more residents in the same period.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the St. Louis metropolitan area continues to lose ground compared to other cities.

Data released Thursday show the area, which includes St. Louis City and 14 neighboring Missouri and Illinois counties, dropped to the 21st most populous metropolitan area in 2017. Baltimore replaced St. Louis in the 20th position.

This fall, U.S. Census Bureau workers will come to St. Louis to verify, using in part smartphones, the agency's address lists, compiled using a new method. Those lists will help the Bureau conduct the 2020 Census.
U.S. Census Bureau

Illinois got smaller. Missouri got bigger (slightly). And western states seem to have a pull on people looking to relocate. That’s according to the U.S. Census Bureau's annual population estimates that were released on December 20.

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According to estimates released by the U.S. Census, three local cities are among 10 in Illinois and Missouri that gained the most people between 2015 and 2016. The  numbers are estimates of the population for cities and towns across the United States.  

Wentzville, in St. Charles County, grew by more than 1,800 people, second only to Kansas City. O'Fallon, Missouri was 4th on the list, gaining about 1,400, and Clayton, in St. Louis County came in 8th, with an increase of around 750.

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Flickr | Stephan Mosel

St. Louis continues to lose population, according to current city population estimates for 2015 released by the U.S. Census. Between 2014 and 2015, more than 1,500 residents are estimated to have left the city.

Here are five takeaways from the data released today.

1. Cities in our area are part of the national picture, both positively and negatively.

St. Louis' loss of population was the 7th largest in the country. Detroit and Chicago were No. 1 and No. 2.

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St. Charles County remains the fastest growing county in the St. Louis region, according to U.S. census data released Thursday.

New numbers from the 2014 American Community Survey show that the population of St. Charles County has grown by about 5 percent since 2010, from an estimated 361,602 to an estimated 379,493.

Demographics analyst and Saint Louis University professor Ness Sandoval points to the county’s relatively low cost of living as the cause of the growth.

Trial court rejects challenge to state House districts

Feb 14, 2012
(Missouri State Redistricting Office)

It's been a busy day in Missouri courts today.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down an ethics law because the measure originally dealt with state procurement.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2011 - Census Bureau data released this fall highlight the increase in poverty and the plight of Missouri's middle class following the economic recession. Unemployment and poverty have risen, while median household income has fallen. Fortunately, as Missouri families struggle to make ends meet and provide for their children, public services are preventing even more Missourians from falling into poverty. But budget cuts in Washington, mandated by the budget deal and failure of the "super" committee threaten those services.

New Census Bureau report: 15 percent of Missourians are poor

Sep 13, 2011
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Updated 2:46 p.m. with additional contextual information

A newly released report shows that nearly 15 percent of people in Missouri are poor.

The Census Bureau's annual report released Tuesday offers a snapshot of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2010, when joblessness hovered above 9 percent for a second year.

Nationally, nearly 1 in 6 people were classified as poor.

Meanwhile, the share of Americans without health coverage rose from 16.1 percent to 16.3 percent - or 49.9 million people - after the Census Bureau made revisions to numbers of the uninsured. That is due mostly to continued losses of employer-provided health insurance in the weakened economy.

In Missouri, 14 percent of residents lacked insurance.

But how does today's data compare with the numbers in years prior?

Census shows jump in Illinois same-sex households

Aug 4, 2011
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New U.S. Census Bureau figures show the number of Illinois households run by same-sex couples has jumped nearly 42 percent in the last decade.

That's from 22,887 in 2000 to 32,469 last year.

The trend in Illinois mirrors those nationwide and that of the data released recently on neighboring state Missouri. Experts and advocates say social attitudes toward same-sex couples are changing.

Census shows increase in Mo. same-sex households

Jul 28, 2011
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The number of Missouri households led by same-sex partners has increased by more than 60 percent over the past decade.

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show Missouri had more than 15,000 households led by someone living with a same-sex partner. Of those, slightly more than 7,000 involved male partners and 8,200 were female partners. There were children in about one-quarter of those households.

The latest round of population information was released late Wednesday.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A unanimous vote today by the legislation committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen kicked off the public part of the city's redistricting process.

Morning headlines: Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 19, 2011
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Missouri Census Figures Show Increase in Retirement Age Population

The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest round of population figures last night. They show Missourian's median age is now 37.9. That's up nearly two years from the 36.1 median in 2000. Missouri's retirement-age population of people at least 65 years old grew by more than 10 percent since 2000. And residents 85 years and older grew by 15 percent - though they still account for less than 2 percent of the nearly 6 million people living in Missouri. At the same time, the number of school-aged children between 5 and 14 years old declined over the decade.

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A State House committee’s plan to redraw Missouri’s congressional districts is drawing fire from both urban and rural residents and from both political parties.

The state is losing a seat in Congress based on the latest U.S. Census figures.

Plato, Mo., sits at center of nation's population

Mar 24, 2011

View Mean Center of U.S. Population 2010 in a larger map

It's official: The new center of the U.S. population is in Missouri, about 2.7 miles northeast of the village of Plato (see above for location).

The Census Bureau said Thursday that steady migration to the Sun Belt had pushed the site roughly 30 miles southwest of the previous location near Edgar Springs, Mo.

It is the fourth Missouri town to hold the distinction. Plato, located in Texas County, had a 2010 population of 109 people.

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mar 24, 2011

  • St. Louis officials were hoping to find that census figures showing the city lost about 8 percent of its population over the past 10 years were wrong. They now concede it is probably accurate. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that city officials at first thought the census had listed about 5,000 fewer housing units than did city assessor data. That could have meant about 12,000 St. Louisans were not counted. And they suspected other errors. The Post-Dispatch reports that those errors now look like technological glitches that have no real bearing on the population total. Nearly 200 federal programs use census figures to determine how to distribute federal money.

  • The suspect in the January shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona has been transferred to a specialized facility in Missouri to undergo a court-ordered mental evaluation. Defense lawyers for 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner say in a court filing that he was moved from Tucson to a federal Bureau of Prisons medical facility in Springfield yesterday. Loughner's lawyers want an appeals court to order him returned. Loughner will be given tests to determine if he understands the nature and consequences of the charges he faces and can assist in his defense. He has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including U.S. Congresswoman. Gabrielle Giffords. She remains at a rehabilitation center in Houston as she recovers from a bullet wound to the brain.

  • Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is releasing a report Thursday examining the state's use of federal economic stimulus money. The auditor's office compiles a report each year tracking the state's use of federal money. The latest report, covering 2010, will include a sizable amount of stimulus dollars in addition to money Missouri normally receives for such things as Medicaid and welfare payments. Schweich, a Republican, took office as auditor in January. As a candidate, he had pledged to act as a "fiscal hawk" over the state's share of federal stimulus money.

  • U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill could owe a total of nearly $320,000 in overdue property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane that has caused her political headaches. McCaskill sent about $287,000 to St. Louis County earlier this week after acknowledging that property taxes had not been paid on a plane owned by a company in which she and her husband have an interest. But that may not be enough money. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday the county determined McCaskill's bill to be $319,541. That amount is still pending confirmation by the State Tax Commission.

(US Census Bureau)

In 2009, the news from the U.S. Census Bureau was all good for the city of St. Louis.

The American Community Survey showed the city's population had 356,587 people - up about two percent from the 2000 official count. And Mayor Francis Slay would challenge numbers that didn't confirm the notion that his city was growing.

Morning headlines: Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

Feb 25, 2011

  • St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay calls a new report documenting a plummeting population "absolutely bad news." News U.S. Census figures released Thursday show that the Gateway City lost nearly 29,000 people over the past decade, a decline of about 8 percent of its population. The reports said the city had a population of a little more than 319,000 in 2010.

New 2010 U.S. Census data released for Missouri

Feb 24, 2011
(U.S. Census Bureau)

The U.S. Census Bureau has released new data for Missouri. Click "Read More" for an interactive map through which you can investigate the data, county-by-county.

We've also got our listening area counties and congressional districts broken down, and news stories to put it all in context.

How has your area changed in 10 years?

Morning Headlines: Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

Feb 24, 2011

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

  • Missouri Legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Nixon expect to receive population an demographic figures from the U.S. Census Bureau today. The data is important for state lawmakers to start developing new congressional districts. Missouri officials already know the state will drop from nine to eight congressional districts based upon statewide population figures released in December by the Census Bureau. State lawmakers will develop and approve the new boundaries for Missouri just like any other legislation. The Legislature plans hearing on redistricting in the state Capitol and across the state.
  • Missouri lawmakers are poised to make another run at outlawing some synthetic drugs. Missouri was among more than a dozen states last year that banned a synthetic form of marijuana known as K2, which is a concoction of dried herbs sprayed with chemicals. But before the law even took effect, alternatives were hitting the market that had made slight changes to the synthetic formula and thus got around the new law. Republican Rep. Ward Franz of West Plains is sponsoring legislation this year that would add more synthetic cannabinoids to the outlawed list. The bill also would outlaw a synthetic form of cocaine that is being sold as bath salts in some Missouri stores.

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