Champaign, McLean, Moultrie counties' populations grow

Champaign, McLean, Moultrie counties' populations grow

Only three area counties are estimated to have gained population since the 2010 census, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today.

Champaign County's population has grown from 201,081 on April 1, 2010, to an estimated 204,897 on July 1, 2013. Also growing: Moultrie (14,846 to 14,876) and McLean counties (169,572 to 176,647).

All other area counties — including Vermilion, which has lost an estimated 1,296 people since the 2010 census — have had downturns in population, according to the bureau.

Among municipalities, Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul, St. Joseph, Mahomet, Savoy, Philo, Charleston, Bloomington, Normal, Springfield and Peoria have had some population growth.

Losing population: Danville, Mattoon, Decatur, Clinton and Watseka.

Among the bureau's other estimates:

— The state of Illinois' population has grown by a little more than 50,000 during the period, while Indiana's grew by about 87,000.

— The median age in Champaign County has risen from 28.9 years in 2010 to an estimated 29.6 years last year. In Vermilion County, it increased from 39.8 years to 40 years. Statewide, the median age is now estimated at 37.2 years, up from 36.6 in the 2010 census.

— The Asian population in Champaign County is recording the greatest surge, up by more than 1,400 over three years.

The white population grew by a little more than 1,000. The black population was up by about 800.

— The city of Champaign population rose from 81,055 to an estimated 83,424. Urbana grew from 41,250 to an estimated 41,752. Rantoul's population went from 12,941 to an estimated 13,037.

Mahomet grew from 7,258 to an estimated 7,730, Savoy went from 7,280 to an estimated 7,681 and St. Joseph's population increased from 3,967 to an estimated 4,058.

— In Vermilion County, Danville's population — 33,027 in 2010 — dropped to an estimated 32,523 last year. Hoopeston dropped from 5,351 to an estimated 5,262.

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