Monett leads area in population growth

Monday, July 12, 2010
Broadway at dusk.

Monett has grown faster than any other city in the bi-county area over the last decade, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates released on July 1. Monett's population has increased by 19.4 percent, rising from 7,396 in 2000 to 8,829 in 2009.

Monett's numbers suggest the largest increase in 70 years. The last time Monett's numbers showed a similar jump was a rise of 964 between 1950 and 1960.

The U.S. Census Bureau released population estimates for cities across the nation on July 1. Although the new estimates are not 2010 Census population counts, they are the last estimates to use 2000 Census results as a base.

Other area cities

Seligman's population increased 13.7 percent from 877 to 997, and Cassville's population increased 12.6 percent from 2,890 to 3,255 over the last 10 years.

Washburn, Butterfield and Exeter also saw steady growth over the last decade. The City of Washburn's population increased 6.3 percent from 448 in 2000 to 476 in 2009.

Exeter and Butterfield both saw around a 4.4 percent increase in population. Exeter acquired 31 new residents, increasing its total to 738, and Butterfield's population increased from 397 in 2000 to 415 in 2009.

The cities of Wheaton and Purdy saw the smallest population increases between 2000 and 2009. The number of residents living in Wheaton increased by 3.5 percent, from 721 to 746, and the number of citizens living in Purdy increased 3.3 percent from 1,103 to 1,139.

Verona registered the smallest growth of any city in the area with a population increase of 1.1 percent. There were 714 residents in 2000 as compared to 722 in 2009.

In Lawrence County, Mt. Vernon led the way in population growth. The city grew from 4,107 residents in 2000 to 4,580 in 2009 for a population increase of 14 percent.

Pierce City's population grew by 77 people from 1,385 residents in 2000 to 1,462 in 2009, which translates into a 5.5 percent increase.

Aurora and Miller increased by 6 percent and 5.1 percent respectively. Aurora's population, as of 2009, stood at 7,440 as compared to 7,014 in 2000. Miller's population increased from 754 to 793 over the past decade.

The U.S. Census Bureau's city estimates are based on 2000 Census data updated by legal boundary changes, housing unit estimates, building permits and county population estimates. The Census Bureau uses administrative records, including births, deaths and domestic and international migration information, to produce county population estimates.

The 2010 Census state population counts, which are used to allocate seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be delivered to President Barak Obama in December.

"Census numbers govern the distribution of more that $400 billion in federal funds each year and serve as the baseline for future post-census population estimates," said Rober Groves, Census Bureau director. "Local governments use census data to plan new roads, schools and emergency services. Businesses use the data to develop new economic opportunities."

The Census Bureau will release 2010 Census counts for counties and smaller geographic areas by April 1, 2011. The 2011 subcounty population estimates will be released in 2012.

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