Friday, November 15, 2019

Population loss in Illinois: Alexander County/Cairo

It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.  First in a series.

Source:  Wikipedia  (Alexander County, Cairo)

Cairo is the county seat of Alexander County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 10.7% - Alexander County
  • 33.4% - Illinois
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 21.9% - Alexander County
  • 15.6% - Illinois
  • 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 30.3% - Alexander County
  • 12.1% - Illinois
  • 11.8% - U.S.

Greetings from Trump's America.

Source:  Wikipedia
3rd-party candidates received 11.4% of vote in 1992, 7.9% of vote in 1996, 2.2% in 2016
(George Wallace received 21.1% of the vote in 1968.)

Related reading:
This is the problem of decaying public housing complexes in a small, fading and remote city. 
In an age when mixed-income and scattered, voucher-based housing has long overtaken the old model of large public complexes, Cairo (pronounced CARE-oh) has a shrinking population now down to fewer than 3,000, no functioning grocery store or gas station, and a main thoroughfare with an ornate, arching entry that reads “Historic Downtown Cairo” but one that features shuttered storefronts, vacant lots and, on a recent day, not a person in sight.

Population loss series:

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