Meanwhile, St. Charles County, with 405,262 residents last year, grew by 12% over the last decade.
Scott Drachnik, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of St. Charles County, said the new census numbers were expected and show that “folks continue to like the idea of new homes, new streets, new schools, new parks, new everything out here.”
He added that “I would wish this is happening across the region as well.”
He said growth trends seen by the council indicate the county’s population will reach 450,000 around 2030.
Other counties in the metropolitan region also saw large population increases: Warren County grew by more than 9% and Lincoln County by 13%. Franklin County grew by 3% while Jefferson County grew by 4%.
Still, the growth in St. Charles and other counties wasn’t enough to offset the weakness elsewhere in the metropolitan area, which includes 14 counties and the city. The St. Louis metropolitan area is now the 21st largest in the U.S. — the first time in more than a century it hasn’t been among the top 20. Baltimore now holds the No. 20 spot.
In the Metro East, Monroe County grew by 2,000 people, and its neighbors Madison and St. Clair counties both lost residents. Madison County’s population dropped by 3,400 people, and St. Clair’s by 12,600 — a 1% and 5% drop, respectively.
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