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City Population is Increasing, Thanks to Appeal



St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis has won an appeal with the Census Bureau and as a result is no longer losing population.

City leaders appealed census estimates this year because they say they didn't factor in recent economic development. The city's population has been steadily falling for a half-century.

There are still fewer people in the city than in 1950, but new data set to be released today (Wednesday) will show an increase since the 2000 census.

Mayor Francis Slay says St. Louis "has finally reversed more than five decades of population loss."

The bureau had said the Missouri city's population this year dropped a little more than 4.5% percent from the 2000 census data.

The Census still reports St. Louis has lost more than 500,000 people since 1950.

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