Western Kentucky’s growth in population to trail state’s

jobs population numbers drop down decline

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – Officials predict that the population of the Jackson Purchase region in western Kentucky will steadily rise over the next 15 years but then fall over the subsequent 20 years because of an aging population.

The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/1MGj6pr ) reports that officials at the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville have used recent demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau to project the state’s population in five-year increments to the year 2050.

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Data center Director Matt Ruther says the Purchase region has many Baby Boomers and will experience a population decline from 2030 to 2050.

Of the eight Purchase counties, only Calloway County shows projected population increases in each five-year increment estimate.

Overall, Kentucky’s population over the next 35 years is expected to steadily rise in each five-year increment.


Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com


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