Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A closer look at Wisconsin's population loss: Clark County

Clark County's economic development follows a path familiar to other northern Wisconsin counties.  Abundant forests attracted lumbering and logging activities.  Once large areas of land had been cleared, agriculture -- dairying, in this case -- took over. According to the Clark County Land and Water Resource Management Plan 2012–2016, dairy farming remains the county's economic engine.

Clark County's population peaked in 1920 and has remained in the 30,000-35,000 range ever since.

Source:  Wikipedia + U.S. Census Bureau (2015)

As of July 1, 2014, 16.0% of Clark County's population is 65 and over compared to 15.2% throughout the state of Wisconsin.  Its 0-to-4 demographic, 8.2% vs. the state's 5.9%, is certainly a hopeful statistic.

Related posts:
A closer look at Buffalo County.  (4/5/2016)
A closer look at Bayfield County.  (4/4/2016)
A closer look at Barron County.   (4/4/2016)
A closer look at Ashland County.  (4/3/2016)
A closer look at Adams County.  (4/3/2015)
The majority of Wisconsin counties have lost population since 2010.  (3/28/2016)
Where Wisconsin's population growth is taking place (2010-2015).  (3/27/2016)
Dane County: Wisconsin's population growth engine. (3/27/2016)
 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates: Nearly half of Wisconsin counties lose population.  (3/27/2016)
Wisconsin population projections, 2010-2040: Top 10 counties by % decline and growth.  (5/14/2015)
Top 10 Wisconsin Counties by Percentage of Population Growth, Loss (2010-2014).  (3/27/2015)
Wiscousin counties:  Population 65 and older.  (10/24/2014)
Wisconsin trivia: What was Wisconsin's 2nd-largest city in 1910?  (/9/1/2014)
Dane County tallies 39% of state's population growth since 2010.  (3/27/2014)
2012 U.S. Census population estimates: More gains than losses among Wisconsin's largest communities.  (5/28/2013)

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