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Census Numbers Give St. Louis Mayor a Black Eye

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The U.S. Census is out with its official tally of the St. Louis population. The result shows that the city lost 29,000 people between 2000 and 2010 to end the decade with a population of 319,000. That's a decline of eight percent from the 348,189 people living in St. Louis in 2000.

But how could that be? Especially given the fact that since 2003 Mayor Francis Slay has argued that the city is growing and that the Census is wrong in its annual estimates showing little -- if any -- population increase?

We contacted the mayor's office for comment late this morning. A few minutes later, we got an email back saying that Slay had just addressed the issue on his blog. Here's what he has to say:
This is absolutely bad news. We had thought, given many of the other positive trends, that fifty years of population losses had finally reversed direction. Instead, by the measure of Census to Census, they continue, though at a slower pace. Combined with the news from St. Louis County, I believe that this will require an urgent and thorough rethinking of how we do almost everything.

If this doesn't jump-start regional thinking, nothing will.
Yes, St. Louis County also saw a two percent decline in population over the past ten years. Still, how does the mayor account for the city having its lowest population in 130 years when all this time he's been assuring us that it's growing?

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7 comments
Davidawoodruff
Davidawoodruff

Yes, we've seen a population shift. That's how we should look at it, not a drop, but a shift. The change we must focus on is not only the number of people, but the quality of those people. Are there more college or trade school educated adults? How does our median and average income compare? Is there a higher percent of home owners? How does this information compare with other cities who have faced economic challenges? Progress comes before population.

Crazy 8's
Crazy 8's

Maybe now we can cut some of the 28 alderclowns.

Drpaluga
Drpaluga

St Louis is a dead city. Face facts. Move out.

Douglas
Douglas

Ummm....here is a solution. How about, as a community, we decide to build a real community? The city of STL can hardly be called a community. So many parts of the city as isolated from the other parts. We need to commit to a center center and build around it.

Drdaddyknowsall
Drdaddyknowsall

"Still, how does the mayor account for the city having its lowest population in 130 years when all this time he's been assuring us that it's growing?"

Wishful thinking at best, blind allegiance to the party mesage at best

STLNEWSMOD
STLNEWSMOD

You're just jealous of my MS Paint skillz.

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