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Population Surges in Counties, Falls in St. Louis City

(KWMU file photo)
(KWMU file photo)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – New census data show Lincoln County, Mo. is now the fastest growing county in Missouri and the 70th fastest growing in the country. Lincoln's head count jumped 13.5% since April 2000.

But the actual population is still far below St. Louis City, and St. Charles, Jefferson, and St. Louis Counties.

St. Charles saw about a 10% increase. That works out to almost 28,000 more people in the past four years, which is the 70th biggest numerical increase in the country.

Population in St. Louis City has decreased almost 5% since 2000. St. Louis County also saw a slight decrease, but still has more than a million people.

Population Shift in St. Louis Region: 2000-2003
CountyJuly 1, 2003 est.Apr. 1, 2000 CensusTotal ChangePercent Change
St. Louis County1,013,1231,016,300- 3,177- 0.3%
St. Louis City332,223348,189- 15,966- 4.6%
St. Charles County311,531283,893+27,638+ 9.7%
Jefferson County206,786198,099+ 8,687+ 4.4%
Franklin County96,90593,807+ 3,098+ 3.3%
Lincoln County44,20738,944+ 5,263+ 13.5%