Washington County vs. Mississippi
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2018
Introduction
Washington County:
2018 Population = 45,063
2018 Percent of State = 1.5%
Mississippi:
2018 Population = 2,986,530
2018 Percent of State = 0.9%
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Washington County with comparisons to Mississippi and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Washington County vs. Mississippi's population growth over 1969-2018. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Population, 1969-2018
Population, 1969-2018
Figure 1.
Figure 1 traces Washington County's annual population for the period 1969-2018 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 50-year period, Washington County's population dropped from 71,612 in 1969 to 45,063 in 2018, for a net loss of -26,549, or -37.1%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population, 1969-2018
Population, 1969-2018
Figure 2.
Figure 2 tracks Mississippi's annual population for the period 1969-2018 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 50-year period, Mississippi's population rose from 2,220,000 in 1969 to 2,986,530 in 2018, for a net gain of 766,530, or 34.5%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2018
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2018
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Washington County's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Mississippi, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Washington County's overall population growth was -37.1% over 1969-2018 trailed Mississippi's increase of 34.5%, and fell below the United States' increase of 62.5%.
Population as a Percent of the Mississippi Total: 1969-2018
Population as a Percent of the Mississippi Total: 1969-2018
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of contrasting the population growth of Washington County is to compare its individual percentage contributions to Mississippi's statewide population over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than Mississippi's population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Washington County's population totaled 3.2% of Mississippi's population, while in 2018 it equated to 1.5% thereby yielding a -1.7% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2018 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2018
vs.
1969
-1.72%
=
1.51%
-
3.23%
 
   
Washington County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2018
Washington County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2018
Figure 5.
Figure 5 displays the short-run pattern of Washington County's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2018. The average annual percent change for the entire 49-year period is also traced on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Washington County's population contracted at an annual rate of -0.94% over 1970-2018. The county posted its highest growth in 1973 (1.02%) and recorded its lowest growth in 2006 (-2.77%). In 2018, Washington County's population declined by -2.47%
Washington County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2018
Washington County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2018
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again traces the annual percent change in Washington County's population since 1970, but this time they are displayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010-2018.
During the 1970s, Washington County's annual population growth rate averaged 0.23%. It averaged -0.68% during the 1980s, -0.70% throughout the 1990s, -2.09% throughout the 2000s, and -1.48% thus far this decade (2010 to 2018).
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Washington County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Mississippi and the nation. As the chart reveals, Washington County's average annual population growth amounted to less than Mississippi's average in the 1970s (0.23% vs. 1.23%), recorded under Mississippi's average during the 1980s (-0.68% vs. 0.26%), recorded under Mississippi's average during the 1990s (-0.70% vs. 0.95%), trailed Mississippi's average during the 2000s (-2.09% vs. 0.45%), and fell below Mississippi's average over the 9 year period of the last decade, 2010-2018 (-1.48% vs. 0.10%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Washington County lagged the nation over the 1970s (0.23% vs. 1.10%), trailed the nation over the 1980s (-0.68% vs. 0.95%), fell below the nation throughout the 1990s (-0.70% vs. 1.23%), fell below the nation over the 2000s (-2.09% vs. 0.95%), and recorded underneath the nation over 2010-2018 (-1.48% vs. 0.72%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
-0.94
0.23
-0.68
-0.70
-2.09
-1.48
-2.47
 
0.61
1.23
0.26
0.95
0.45
0.10
-0.10
 
1.00
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.72
0.62
 
   

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Washington County:
Population, 1969-2018
 
1969
 
71,612
100.0
N
3.23
1970
 
70,491
98.4
-1.57
3.17
1971
 
71,037
99.2
0.77
3.14
1972
 
71,504
99.8
0.66
3.10
1973
 
72,230
100.9
1.02
3.07
1974
 
72,611
101.4
0.53
3.05
1975
 
73,219
102.2
0.84
3.05
1976
 
73,798
103.1
0.79
3.04
1977
 
73,208
102.2
-0.80
2.98
1978
 
73,064
102.0
-0.20
2.94
1979
 
73,217
102.2
0.21
2.92
1980
 
72,337
101.0
-1.20
2.86
1981
 
72,178
100.8
-0.22
2.84
1982
 
72,636
101.4
0.63
2.84
1983
 
71,775
100.2
-1.19
2.80
1984
 
71,748
100.2
-0.04
2.78
1985
 
71,693
100.1
-0.08
2.77
1986
 
71,111
99.3
-0.81
2.74
1987
 
70,801
98.9
-0.44
2.74
1988
 
69,808
97.5
-1.40
2.71
1989
 
68,388
95.5
-2.03
2.66
1990
 
67,826
94.7
-0.82
2.63
1991
 
67,333
94.0
-0.73
2.59
1992
 
66,471
92.8
-1.28
2.53
1993
 
66,323
92.6
-0.22
2.50
1994
 
66,336
92.6
0.02
2.47
1995
 
66,024
92.2
-0.47
2.42
1996
 
65,491
91.5
-0.81
2.38
1997
 
65,077
90.9
-0.63
2.34
1998
 
64,604
90.2
-0.73
2.30
1999
 
63,714
89.0
-1.38
2.25
2000
 
62,657
87.5
-1.66
2.20
2001
 
61,221
85.5
-2.29
2.15
2002
 
59,570
83.2
-2.70
2.08
2003
 
58,072
81.1
-2.51
2.02
2004
 
56,802
79.3
-2.19
1.97
2005
 
55,872
78.0
-1.64
1.92
2006
 
54,325
75.9
-2.77
1.87
2007
 
53,069
74.1
-2.31
1.81
2008
 
52,236
72.9
-1.57
1.77
2009
 
51,565
72.0
-1.28
1.74
2010
 
51,096
71.4
-0.91
1.72
2011
 
50,449
70.4
-1.27
1.69
2012
 
50,016
69.8
-0.86
1.68
2013
 
49,662
69.3
-0.71
1.66
2014
 
49,012
68.4
-1.31
1.64
2015
 
47,965
67.0
-2.14
1.60
2016
 
47,186
65.9
-1.62
1.58
2017
 
46,202
64.5
-2.09
1.55
2018
 
45,063
62.9
-2.47
1.51
Source: Calculations by the Mississippi Regional Economic Analysis Project (MS-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2019
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Mississippi:
Population, 1969-2018
 
1969
 
2,220,000
100.0
N
1.10
1970
 
2,221,128
100.1
0.05
1.09
1971
 
2,265,529
102.1
2.00
1.10
1972
 
2,307,291
103.9
1.84
1.10
1973
 
2,349,802
105.8
1.84
1.11
1974
 
2,378,603
107.1
1.23
1.11
1975
 
2,399,924
108.1
0.90
1.11
1976
 
2,430,324
109.5
1.27
1.12
1977
 
2,459,810
110.8
1.21
1.12
1978
 
2,488,033
112.1
1.15
1.12
1979
 
2,507,967
113.0
0.80
1.12
1980
 
2,525,342
113.8
0.69
1.11
1981
 
2,539,032
114.4
0.54
1.11
1982
 
2,556,776
115.2
0.70
1.10
1983
 
2,567,719
115.7
0.43
1.10
1984
 
2,578,053
116.1
0.40
1.09
1985
 
2,588,103
116.6
0.39
1.09
1986
 
2,593,596
116.8
0.21
1.08
1987
 
2,588,545
116.6
-0.19
1.07
1988
 
2,580,349
116.2
-0.32
1.06
1989
 
2,574,272
116.0
-0.24
1.04
1990
 
2,578,897
116.2
0.18
1.03
1991
 
2,598,733
117.1
0.77
1.03
1992
 
2,623,734
118.2
0.96
1.02
1993
 
2,655,100
119.6
1.20
1.02
1994
 
2,688,992
121.1
1.28
1.02
1995
 
2,722,659
122.6
1.25
1.02
1996
 
2,748,085
123.8
0.93
1.02
1997
 
2,777,004
125.1
1.05
1.02
1998
 
2,804,834
126.3
1.00
1.02
1999
 
2,828,408
127.4
0.84
1.01
2000
 
2,848,353
128.3
0.71
1.01
2001
 
2,852,994
128.5
0.16
1.00
2002
 
2,858,681
128.8
0.20
0.99
2003
 
2,868,312
129.2
0.34
0.99
2004
 
2,889,010
130.1
0.72
0.99
2005
 
2,905,943
130.9
0.59
0.98
2006
 
2,904,978
130.9
-0.03
0.97
2007
 
2,928,350
131.9
0.80
0.97
2008
 
2,947,806
132.8
0.66
0.97
2009
 
2,958,774
133.3
0.37
0.96
2010
 
2,970,536
133.8
0.40
0.96
2011
 
2,978,470
134.2
0.27
0.96
2012
 
2,983,767
134.4
0.18
0.95
2013
 
2,988,797
134.6
0.17
0.95
2014
 
2,990,623
134.7
0.06
0.94
2015
 
2,988,693
134.6
-0.06
0.93
2016
 
2,988,298
134.6
-0.01
0.92
2017
 
2,989,663
134.7
0.05
0.92
2018
 
2,986,530
134.5
-0.10
0.91
Source: Calculations by the Mississippi Regional Economic Analysis Project (MS-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2019
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United States:
Population, 1969-2018
 
1969
 
201,298,000
100.0
N
1970
 
203,798,722
101.2
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
102.7
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
104.0
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
105.0
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
106.0
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
107.0
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
108.1
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
109.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
110.3
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
111.6
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
112.9
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
114.0
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
115.1
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
116.1
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
117.2
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
118.2
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
119.3
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
120.4
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
121.5
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
122.6
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
124.0
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
125.7
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
127.4
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
129.1
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
130.7
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
132.3
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
133.8
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
135.4
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
137.0
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
138.6
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
140.2
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
141.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
142.9
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
144.1
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
145.5
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
146.8
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
148.2
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
149.6
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
151.1
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
152.4
0.88
2010
 
309,326,085
153.7
0.83
2011
 
311,580,009
154.8
0.73
2012
 
313,874,218
155.9
0.74
2013
 
316,057,727
157.0
0.70
2014
 
318,386,421
158.2
0.74
2015
 
320,742,673
159.3
0.74
2016
 
323,071,342
160.5
0.73
2017
 
325,147,121
161.5
0.64
2018
 
327,167,434
162.5
0.62
Source: Calculations by the Mississippi Regional Economic Analysis Project (MS-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2019
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PN
 
   
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