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ERIC Number: ED135563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Population Changes in Illinois. Community Resource Development (CRD)-2.
Sofranko, Andrew J.; Moorhead, Carol L.
National data show that between 1970 and 1974 nonmetropolitan counties grew at a faster rate (1.4% per year) than metropolitan counties (0.6% per year). Factors contributing to this reversal in population trends are: decentralization of U.S. industry; movement of the retired urban elderly to rural and retirement areas; stabilization of the population remaining in agriculture; and the "pull" exerted by state universities and community colleges in nonmetropolitan areas. Compared with population changes at national and regional levels, Illinois is a mixed case. On the one hand, many of the counties which were formerly losing population, are experiencing a turnaround. At the same time, many Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) counties are showing considerable population growth, especially those in the Chicago, Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, and Peoria SMSA's. Unlike the region and the nation, however, the total population of Illinois has grown very little since 1970 (0.2%). The nonmetropolitan population of the state has grown more than the SMSA population, but not a great deal more. Thus, while Illinois exhibits some of the population reversals documented at the national and regional levels, it can more accurately be characterized as a case of very limited reversals or even one of stabilization at the present time. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois