GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – Although deaths have continued to outpace births, most counties in the Piedmont triad have seen very small population increases over the past year, according to data released Thursday by the US Census Bureau.
It was part of a report that showed more than 73% of counties in the United States had experienced a natural year-over-year decline – when deaths exceeded births – as the effects of COVID-19 showed. a significant impact, according to a report from the office. .
The number of counties showing natural decreases has fallen from 45.5% before the pandemic, in 2019, to 55.5% in 2020. Some 973,000 have died from COVID-19, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Population changes based on 2021 calculations in the Triad — and North Carolina — increased from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021. The state’s estimate shows an increase of 17,789 residents — a change of around 1% — and that was felt dramatically in the Charlotte and Raleigh metropolitan areas, which by hard numbers ranked No. 9 and 10 nationally for growth.
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia grew by 31,381 and Raleigh-Cary by 28,186. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington saw the largest growth (by more than 97,000), and all of the highest growth areas were in the southern states: Texas had four – Houston, Austin and San Antonio were the other three – North Carolina had two, and Arizona (Phoenix -Mesa), California (San Bernadino), Georgia (Atlanta) and Florida (Tampa-St. Pete) formed the top 10.
Within the triad, Alamance County (2,035), Forsyth (2,790), Davidson (1,506), and Guilford (1,063) saw the largest increases from 2020 to 2021. Wilkes County (-65) and Surry (-101) were the only counties among the 15 to show losses. Davie County saw the largest percentage increase, at 1.7%. Alleghany was next at 1.4%.
Deaths exceed births
But that trend changes drastically when you look at this “natural decline” noted by the Census Bureau. North Carolina had a natural loss of 855, and all but two of those 15 Triad counties fell by at least a few.
Guilford County saw a net population growth of 282, and Forsyth County increased by 99. Davidson County had the worst year-over-year decline (-453), followed by Rockingham (-406), Wilkes (-301) and Randolph (-270).
Wake and Durham counties, by comparison, recorded higher numbers of 3,424 and 315, respectively.
Guilford County saw the largest increase in births (up 4,354 from 2020), followed by Forsyth (3,120) and Alamance (1,321). Deaths rose the most in Guilford (4,072), followed by Forsyth (3,021), Alamance, Randolph and Davidson, as most track population totals.
The statistics released today include population estimates and components of change for the nation’s 384 metropolitan statistical areas, 543 micropolitan statistical areas and 3,143 counties, according to the bureau’s release.
- Shelby, North Carolina was one of two metropolitan areas (along with Moses Lake, Washington) to top 100,000 for the first time. Shelby hit 100,359.
- Cleveland County was one of four counties to cross 100,000 in 2021 and is now at 100,359. The others are Lancaster County, South Carolina (just south of Charlotte), Bastrop County, Aus. Texas, and Grant County, Washington.
- Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, on the South Carolina-North Carolina border, ranked No. 3 on the list of fastest growing areas, up 3.7% to reach 509,794 inhabitants. St. George, Utah, (5.1%) and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, (4.1%) grew faster. Most of the growth areas were areas where retirees settled.
- Maricopa County, Arizona, Collin County, Texas, and Riverside County, California saw the largest numerical increases. The largest declines were recorded in Los Angeles, New York County and Cook County, Illinois (Chicago).
- All counties in Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island experienced a natural decline. The states with the highest percentages of counties with a net loss of internal migration (people moving from one region to another in the United States) were Alaska (80%), Louisiana (71.9%) and Illinois (65.7%).
- Maricopa County gained the most residents (46,866) from internal migration, followed by Riverside County, Calif. (31,251) and Collin County (30,191). Los Angeles County experienced the largest net in-migration loss (179,757 residents), followed by New York County (113,642).
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