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September 2014


Wisconsin grew .3 percent, Waukesha unchanged

The Department of Health Services released their mid-year population count earlier today and figures show that Wisconsin's population has grown by about 16,000 people, or 0.3 percent, in the past year.

There were 5.70 million residents in the Wisconsin during 2011, according to the agency's statistics, a modest increase from the 5.69 million people in 2010.

Brown County led the way in percentage growth, gaining about 2,300 residents, or 0.9 percent. Dane County also grew 0.9 percent, adding a state-high 4,214 residents. Next were Milwaukee County, which added about 2,000 residents (0.2 percent), and Outagamie County, which added 1,145 people (0.6 percent).

The counties that lost residents are mainly in the far north and were already among the smallest in the state. Forest County lost about 100 residents, or 1 percent, leaving about 9,200 remaining. And the state's second-smallest county got 1 percent smaller, as Florence County lost 41 residents to end up with about 4,400.

Overall, 42 counties saw population growth, 19 lost residents and 11 remained essentially unchanged.

Waukesha County was one that remained essentially unchanged. The report points at 390,640 people were living in Waukesha County during 2011, compared to 389,891 in 2010. Waukesha remains the third largest county in Wisconisin, following Milwaukee County (950,000) and Dane County (492,000). The smallest are Menominee County (4,250), Florence County and Iron County (5,850).

Wisconsin is expected to keep growing over the next 30 years. A report from Gov. Scott Walker's administration in July predicted that the state would gain more than 800,000 people by 2040, swelling to a population of 6.5 million.

The report predicted the growth would be driven by increased migration and a birth rate that stayed ahead of the death rate. The increase is expected to slow around 2030, however, as baby boomer deaths rise and migration slows.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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