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North Iowa Population Declines in Latest Census

Floyd and Chickasaw counties both saw population decreases from 2010 to 2020 according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Census numbers released Thursday show Floyd County’s population was 16,303 people as of April 1st, 2010. By April 1st 2020, the population fell to 15,627, a 4.1% decrease. For the same period, Chickasaw County’s population dipped from 12,439 to 12,012, a 3.4% drop.

Cerro Gordo County’s population dropped by 2.3%(44,151 to 43,127); Fayette County decreased by 6.1%(20,808 to 19,509); Howard County declined by 1%(9,566 to 9,469); Winneshiek County lost 4.7% in population(21,056 to 20,070); Butler County went down by 3.6%(14,867 to 14,334); Mitchell County decreased by 2%(10,776 to 10,565); Franklin County fell 6.2%(10,680 to 10,019); Worth County lost 2.0%(7,598 to 7,443). Bremer County showed a population increase of 2.9%(24,276 to 24,988) from 2010 to 2020.

For census statistics available for cities with populations over 5,000, Charles City itself went from 7,652 in 2010 to 7,396 in 2020, a decline of 4.5%. Oelwein lost 8% from 6,415 to 5,920.  Mason City dropped from 28,079 to 27,338, a 4.1% drop. Clear Lake declined from 7,777 to 7,687, a 3% dip. Decorah’s population fell 7% from 8,127 to 7,587.

*You can find additional Iowa census information here

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Mark Pitz

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