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St. Louis population

The St. Louis region grew slightly in 2014, but the city dropped by about 1,000 people, according to new Census data.
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Black residents are leaving the city of St. Louis in greater numbers than ever, according to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau released on Thursday. The statistics show more than 4,000 black St. Louis residents chose to live elsewhere between 2016 and 2017.

"Part of what’s driving this is that in parts of the city the quality of life has declined, where residents have decided that they are looking for other homes," said Onesimo Sandoval, a demographer at Saint Louis University. "Better access to schools, better access to opportunities such as jobs, resources."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 6, 2013 - As the release of the 2010 Census neared, many people around St. Louis hoped it would be the year the city's population decline stopped and that St. Louis would finally stabilize. It wasn’t.

From 2000 to 2010, the city's population went from 348,198 to 319,294. This continued a drain of people that began in 1950, when St. Louis had its peak of 856,796 people.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 3, 2011 - The newly built two-story house in the 5800 block of Clemens in St. Louis is a long way from the Town and Country neighborhood where Kenneth L. Murdock grew up as the son of a physician. Young Murdock is a gregarious WGNU radio talk show host who thinks nothing of inviting a visitor to pull up a chair and talk about city politics and the census. It's a spring-like Wednesday morning when sunshine bathes his street in the city's West End neighborhood, and a light breeze shakes music from a chime on his front porch. But the pleasant setting doesn't overshadow his worries about the city's future, its population loss, especially on the north side.