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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Census Update: Potter County Population Loss Subsides

Census Update: Potter County Population Loss Subsides

July 7th, 2014
census-bureauOne-third of the way into the decade, Potter County has apparently stopped the bleeding when it comes to population loss. U.S. Census Bureau estimates set Potter County’s population at 17,497 at the end of 2013, which is slightly higher than the official count of 17,457 in the 2010 census. The mid-term report still shows an out-migration of younger segments of the population, coupled with death rates surpassing birth rates. About five people die for every four babies born in Potter County.
There were an estimated 18,300 Potter County residents in 2002, a modern-day high. That’s when Adelphia Communications Corp. plunged into bankruptcy and many families moved out. Population loss has a ripple effect on the economy. Not only do the tax base and local spending decline, the Census Bureau estimates that for every individual lost a county receives $10,000 less in federal and state funds through more than 50 grant programs, including support for education, transportation, health and human services, housing, criminal justice, employment services and environmental protection.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

There is nothing to keep the young people here after high school. I live in Austin and have said for years to our leaders we need to attract people to the area not run them out! Well they run them out and are not interested in new people or new business coming in ! Sad but true.

Anonymous said...

Anyone with a brain would get the hell out of Potter County. No jobs and over aggressive cops and a stupid DA. The worst part is the wink and nod system.

Anonymous said...

no future here after high school due to republican policies locally and on the state level

except if you want a non-living wage

Anonymous said...

Looks like a good place for a environmental hazmat land fill and some high security prisons along with continued destruction for gas and oil.

Anonymous said...

Who cares if the place is destroyed by fracking chemicals nothing there but Good old Boy corruption. It is the ass end of the universe No young person should think about staying! Its a great place to go die!

Anonymous said...

I like it here. I like the forests, the wildlife, and even some of the people. It's quiet, inexpensive, and except for a too long of winter, it's comfortable.

Think how boring the world would be if everyone thought the same. Potter/McKean may not be for everyone, but it's a place we chose to live and raise our children. Nothing to be ashamed of.

Anonymous said...

Austin's school board and borough council have been run by democrats for years! Some democrats have even switched to republican just to get on !

Anonymous said...

Good news for me. I wish all you welfare dependant low lives would move out. I have lived here all my live and never took a dime from government. Ride through our towns. All you see in fat people sitting on their porches. Nobody contributes anymore.