Population grows in southwest Mo.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s population grew by the greatest amounts in southwest Missouri and the outer suburbs of St. Louis during the past decade while continuing to decline in the city’s urban core, according to new U.S. Census Bureau figures.

The 2010 census data were obtained Thursday by The Associated Press in advance of their formal release by the Census Bureau.

The new census data will be used to redraw Missouri’s congressional and state legislative districts. Missouri is losing one of its nine seats in Congress because its population — which now stands just shy of 6 million residents — grew at a slower pace than the rest of the nation during the past decade.

The data show that southwest Missouri’s 7th Congressional District grew by about 100,000 people since the 2000 census, paced by a roughly 43 percent growth rate in Christian County — which amounts to an additional 23,000 people — and a 14 percent growth rate in Greene County that equated to a population growth of nearly 35,000. Greene County is the home of Springfield, and Christian County is located just to the south of Greene County.

The population grew by about 85,000 in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes part of the outer St. Louis suburbs. The district covers part of St. Charles County, which grew by about 76,600 people — or 27 percent. Nearby Lincoln County grew by more than 13,600 people, a growth rate of 35 percent.

The 1st Congressional District in St. Louis declined by almost 35,000 people, according to the new census figures. The city of St. Louis had a population of 319,294 in 2010, according to the data, down about 8 percent from census figures released 10 years ago.

Kansas City added to its distinction as the largest city in Missouri during the past decade.

Kansas City had a population of almost 460,000 people in 2010. That’s an increase of more than 18,000 people, or about 4 percent.

Missouri’s largest city once was St. Louis. But that city’s population has declined significantly during the past century. The new census figures show the population of St. Louis fell by 8 percent during the past decade to a little over 319,000 people.

Missouri’s racial minority population grew at a fast pace during the past decade due largely to an increase in Hispanic residents.

Missouri’s Hispanic population increased by 79 percent since 2000, compared to a growth rate of a little over 4 percent for white residents.

Even with that increase, Hispanics comprise just 3.5 percent of Missouri’s population, compared with 83 percent for whites.

Blacks remain Missouri’s largest racial minority, at 11.6 percent of the total population.

The number of Asian Missourians grew by 59 percent during the past decade, but they still comprise just 1.6 of the total population.

Populations for all Missouri counties, as revealed Thursday by the U.S. Census:

Columns are county, 2010 population, 2000 population, the number change and percentage change.

County Population - 2010 Population - 2000 Change - Percent Change

St. Louis 998,954 1,016,315 -17,361 -1.7

Jackson 674,158 654,880 19,278 2.9

St. Charles 360,484 283,883 76,601 27.0

Greene 275,174 240,391 34,783 14.5

Clay 221,939 184,006 37,933 20.6

Jefferson 218,733 198,099 20,634 10.4

Boone 162,642 135,454 27,188 20.1

Jasper 117,404 104,686 12,718 12.1

Franklin 101,492 93,807 7,685 8.2

Cass 99,478 82,092 17,386 21.2

Platte 89,322 73,781 15,541 21.1

Buchanan 89,201 85,998 3,203 3.7

Christian 77,422 54,285 23,137 42.6

Cole 75,990 71,397 4,593 6.4

Cape Girardeau 75,674 68,693 6,981 10.2

St. Francois 65,359 55,641 9,718 17.5

Newton 58,114 52,636 5,478 10.4

Johnson 52,595 48,258 4,337 9.0

Lincoln 52,566 38,944 13,622 35.0

Pulaski 52,274 41,165 11,109 27.0

Taney 51,675 39,703 11,972 30.2

Phelps 45,156 39,825 5,331 13.4

Callaway 44,332 40,766 3,566 8.7

Camden 44,002 37,051 6,951 18.8

Butler 42,794 40,867 1,927 4.7

Pettis 42,201 39,403 2,798 7.1

Howell 40,400 37,238 3,162 8.5

Scott 39,191 40,422 -1,231 -3.0

Lawrence 38,634 35,204 3,430 9.7

Webster 36,202 31,045 5,157 16.6

Barry 35,597 34,010 1,587 4.7

Laclede 35,571 32,513 3,058 9.4

Lafayette 33,381 32,960 421 1.3

Warren 32,513 24,525 7,988 32.6

Stone 32,202 28,658 3,544 12.4

Dunklin 31,953 33,155 -1,202 -3.6

Polk 31,137 26,992 4,145 15.4

Stoddard 29,968 29,705 263 0.9

Marion 28,781 28,289 492 1.7

Texas 26,008 23,003 3,005 13.1

Adair 25,607 24,977 630 2.5

Audrain 25,529 25,853 -324 -1.3

Randolph 25,414 24,663 751 3.0

Washington 25,195 23,344 1,851 7.9

Miller 24,748 23,564 1,184 5.0

Crawford 24,696 22,804 1,892 8.3

Ray 23,494 23,354 140 0.6

Saline 23,370 23,756 -386 -1.6

Nodaway 23,370 21,912 1,458 6.7

McDonald 23,083 21,681 1,402 6.5

Henry 22,272 21,997 275 1.3

Vernon 21,159 20,454 705 3.4

Clinton 20,743 18,979 1,764 9.3

Morgan 20,565 19,309 1,256 6.5

Benton 19,056 17,180 1,876 10.9

Perry 18,971 18,132 839 4.6

New Madrid 18,956 19,760 -804 -4.1

Wright 18,815 17,955 860 4.8

Pike 18,516 18,351 165 0.9

Pemiscot 18,296 20,047 -1,751 -8.7

Ste. Genevieve 18,145 17,842 303 1.7

Cooper 17,601 16,670 931 5.6

Andrew 17,291 16,492 799 4.8

Bates 17,049 16,653 396 2.4

Dallas 16,777 15,661 1,116 7.1

Dent 15,657 14,927 730 4.9

Moniteau 15,607 14,827 780 5.3

Macon 15,566 15,762 -196 -1.2

Gasconade 15,222 15,342 -120 -0.8

Livingston 15,195 14,558 637 4.4

Mississippi 14,358 13,427 931 6.9

Ripley 14,100 13,509 591 4.4

Cedar 13,982 13,733 249 1.8

Osage 13,878 13,062 816 6.2

Douglas 13,684 13,084 600 4.6

Wayne 13,521 13,259 262 2.0

DeKalb 12,892 11,597 1,295 11.2

Linn 12,761 13,754 -993 -7.2

Barton 12,402 12,541 -139 -1.1

Bollinger 12,363 12,029 334 2.8

Montgomery 12,236 12,136 100 0.8

Madison 12,226 11,800 426 3.6

Oregon 10,881 10,344 537 5.2

Iron 10,630 10,697 -67 -0.6

Grundy 10,261 10,432 -171 -1.6

Lewis 10,211 10,494 -283 -2.7

Ralls 10,167 9,626 541 5.6

Howard 10,144 10,212 -68 -0.7

St. Clair 9,805 9,652 153 1.6

Ozark 9,723 9,542 181 1.9

Hickory 9,627 8,940 687 7.7

Caldwell 9,424 8,969 455 5.1

Carroll 9,295 10,285 -990 -9.6

Maries 9,176 8,903 273 3.1

Harrison 8,957 8,850 107 1.2

Monroe 8,840 9,311 -471 -5.1

Shannon 8,441 8,324 117 1.4

Daviess 8,433 8,016 417 5.2

Dade 7,883 7,923 -40 -0.5

Chariton 7,831 8,438 -607 -7.2

Clark 7,139 7,416 -277 -3.7

Gentry 6,738 6,861 -123 -1.8

Sullivan 6,714 7,219 -505 -7.0

Reynolds 6,696 6,689 7 0.1

Shelby 6,373 6,799 -426 -6.3

Carter 6,265 5,941 324 5.5

Atchison 5,685 6,430 -745 -11.6

Putnam 4,979 5,223 -244 -4.7

Holt 4,912 5,351 -439 -8.2

Scotland 4,843 4,983 -140 -2.8

Schuyler 4,431 4,170 261 6.3

Knox 4,131 4,361 -230 -5.3

Mercer 3,785 3,757 28 0.7

Worth 2,171 2,382 -211 -8.9

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