City keeps losing population as region gains

City keeps losing population as region gains

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new census estimate shows that the population of St. Louis is continuing to decline.

The new figures are part of the American Community Survey and not the decennial census. While the St. Louis region grew by about 7,500 residents over five years, the city lost another 10,000 residents to drop to 308,174.

St. Louis County also lost residents, about 3,500 of them, and its population is now 997,000. St. Charles County’s population rose about 7 percent to 394,000.

Overall, the region has about 2.8 million residents.

The population of St. Louis has been declining for decades. Civic leaders say the slide’s expansion into St. Louis County is cause for concern.

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