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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

354,361

That's the number of people St. Louis was said to have by the U.S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2008 estimates. This is down from 355,663 in July 1, 2007.

But as today's Post-Dispatch article mentions, the city has successfully challenged annual Census estimates since 2003, all having been revised upward by several thousand people.

Will Mayor Slay challenge this number? What do you think it will be revised to? What's your anecdotal sense of the state of growth/decline in the city? How important is a higher population for the City of St. Louis?

2 comments:

Alex Ihnen said...

Tired of having Census numbers challenged. 1,000 people is a third of one percent. Zero effort should be spend on this. Instead, why not spend more time confronting misleading crime statistics or a couple more hours of work on City-County opportunities?

kit said...

Considering that city redlining policies have driven a couple thousand folks out of north city into north county over the last 5 years, I'm not surprised the number has dropped.

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