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Waterloo decreases in 2010 census

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Census numbers are out for the state and trends shows more people are moving from rural areas to the cities.

Overall Black Hawk County increased by 3,078 people, bringing the total up to more than 131,000 people. A big increase for the county, but that increase wasn't found in Waterloo.

Waterloo's population decreased over the past 10 years by only .5 percent with a loss of 341 people. Waterloo's total population is now 68,406.

Mayor Buck Clark believes these numbers don't show a true representation of population growth in his city. He believes a number of people didn't fill out the census forms which can only hurt the cities chances for funding in the future.

"I just don't think people realize how important it is to us and to agencies to have a correct count. That's how we get funding. A lot of our progress is dependent on the number of people who we have living in our cities. When those numbers go down our funding goes down," says Mayor Clark.

The city of Cedar falls, however, saw a large increase. Adding more than 3100 new residents and bringing the grand total up to 39,260 people.

Another large city in the KWWL viewing area also saw a decrease. Dubuque dropped by .1 percent.

Both Cedar Rapids and Iowa City increased. Cedar Rapids went up 4.6 percent and Iowa City increased 9.1 percent.

 

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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