Census numbers show continued decline in four-county area

By Gary Scott on April 2, 2016 at 8:24am

New numbers from the federal government show a continued population decrease in West Central Illinois.

The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, which releases an annual population estimate.

The numbers indicate Morgan County, which had a population of 35,547 in the April 2010 Census, moved down ever so slightly from 34,924 in 2014 to a population of 34,828 last year, as of July 1st.

In Greene County, the number went from 13,886 in 2010 to 13,296 in 2014, to 13,241 last year. In Scott, it went from 5,355 in 2010, to 5,166 in 2014, to 5,092 last year. In Cass, the population dropped from 13,642 in 2010 to 13,082 in 2014, to 12,847 in 2015.

The population drops were consistent on a year-to-year basis in three of the four counties since the last census.

You can view the numbers for the entire state by clicking here.