Pine Belt Region vs. Mississippi
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2020
Introduction
Pine Belt Region vs. Mississippi
Pine Belt Region:
2020 Population = 306,672
2020 Percent of State = 10.3%
Mississippi:
2020 Population = 2,966,786
2020 Percent of U.S. = 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 the Pine Belt Region with comparisons to Mississippi and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing the Pine Belt Region vs. Mississippi's population growth over 1969-2020. 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, 1969-2020
Population, 1969-2020
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks the Pine Belt Region's annual population for the period 1969-2020 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 52-year period, the Pine Belt Region's population rose from 214,047 in 1969 to 306,672 in 2020, for a net gain of 92,625, or 43.3%.
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, 1969-2020
Population, 1969-2020
Figure 2.
Figure 2 tracks Mississippi's annual population for the period 1969-2020 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 52-year period, Mississippi's population rose from 2,220,000 in 1969 to 2,966,786 in 2020, for a net gain of 746,786, or 33.6%.
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): 1969-2020
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2020
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays the Pine Belt Region'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.
The Pine Belt Region's overall population growth was 43.3% over 1969-2020 outpaced Mississippi's increase of 33.6%, and fell below the United States' increase of 63.7%.
Population as a Percent of the Mississippi Total: 1969-2020
Population as a Percent of the Mississippi Total: 1969-2020
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of contrasting the population growth of the Pine Belt Region is to trace 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, the Pine Belt Region's population totaled 9.6% of Mississippi's population, while in 2020 it comprised 10.3% thereby yielding a +0.7% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2020 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2020
vs.
1969
+0.70%
=
10.34%
-
9.64%
 
   
Pine Belt Region Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2020
Pine Belt Region Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2020
Figure 5.
Figure 5 highlights the short-run pattern of the Pine Belt Region's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2020. The average annual percent change for the entire 51-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, the Pine Belt Region's population grew at an annual rate of 0.71% over 1970-2020. The Pine Belt Region posted its highest growth in 1972 (2.22%) and recorded its lowest growth in 1988 (-0.48%). In 2020, the Pine Belt Region's population grew by 0.00%
Pine Belt Region Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2020
Pine Belt Region Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2020
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some momentum mississippi regions 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 the Pine Belt Region's population since 1970, but this time they are overlayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2020.
During the 1970s, the Pine Belt Region's annual population growth rate averaged 1.33%. It averaged 0.54% in the 1980s, 0.86% in the 1990s, 0.77% in the 2000s, 0.12% during the 2010s, and 0.00% in 2020.
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 the Pine Belt Region noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Mississippi and the nation. As the chart reveals, the Pine Belt Region's average annual population growth topped Mississippi's average throughout the 1970s (1.33% vs. 1.23%), led Mississippi's average during the 1980s (0.54% vs. 0.26%), amounted to less than Mississippi's average during the 1990s (0.86% vs. 0.95%), outgained Mississippi's average throughout the 2000s (0.77% vs. 0.45%), and led Mississippi's average over the 10 year period of the last decade, 2010-2019 (0.12% vs. 0.07%). In 2020, the Pine Belt Region's growth has outgained Mississippi's average (0.00% vs. -0.38%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, the Pine Belt Region registered above the nation over the 1970s (1.33% vs. 1.10%), fell below the nation over the 1980s (0.54% vs. 0.95%), fell below the nation in the 1990s (0.86% vs. 1.23%), recorded underneath the nation throughout the 2000s (0.77% vs. 0.95%), and lagged the nation over 2010-2019 (0.12% vs. 0.68%). In 2020, growth for the Pine Belt Region has lagged the national average (0.00% vs. 0.35%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
0.71
1.33
0.54
0.86
0.77
0.12
0.00
 
0.57
1.23
0.26
0.95
0.45
0.07
-0.38
 
0.97
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.68
0.35
 
   

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Pine Belt Region:
Population, 1969-2020
 
1969
 
214,047
100.0
N
9.64
1970
 
213,939
99.9
-0.05
9.63
1971
 
218,301
102.0
2.04
9.64
1972
 
223,149
104.3
2.22
9.67
1973
 
226,131
105.6
1.34
9.62
1974
 
228,895
106.9
1.22
9.62
1975
 
231,621
108.2
1.19
9.65
1976
 
233,892
109.3
0.98
9.62
1977
 
238,230
111.3
1.85
9.68
1978
 
241,167
112.7
1.23
9.69
1979
 
244,152
114.1
1.24
9.74
1980
 
247,093
115.4
1.20
9.78
1981
 
250,808
117.2
1.50
9.88
1982
 
255,014
119.1
1.68
9.97
1983
 
257,589
120.3
1.01
10.03
1984
 
258,882
120.9
0.50
10.04
1985
 
258,275
120.7
-0.23
9.98
1986
 
258,619
120.8
0.13
9.97
1987
 
258,583
120.8
-0.01
9.99
1988
 
257,348
120.2
-0.48
9.97
1989
 
257,639
120.4
0.11
10.01
1990
 
257,455
120.3
-0.07
9.98
1991
 
258,797
120.9
0.52
9.96
1992
 
260,022
121.5
0.47
9.91
1993
 
262,854
122.8
1.09
9.90
1994
 
265,597
124.1
1.04
9.88
1995
 
269,471
125.9
1.46
9.90
1996
 
272,547
127.3
1.14
9.92
1997
 
275,819
128.9
1.20
9.93
1998
 
278,972
130.3
1.14
9.95
1999
 
280,737
131.2
0.63
9.93
2000
 
282,867
132.2
0.76
9.93
2001
 
282,799
132.1
-0.02
9.91
2002
 
283,858
132.6
0.37
9.93
2003
 
285,133
133.2
0.45
9.94
2004
 
286,656
133.9
0.53
9.92
2005
 
288,953
135.0
0.80
9.94
2006
 
293,517
137.1
1.58
10.10
2007
 
297,974
139.2
1.52
10.18
2008
 
300,934
140.6
0.99
10.21
2009
 
302,969
141.5
0.68
10.24
2010
 
305,304
142.6
0.77
10.28
2011
 
306,554
143.2
0.41
10.29
2012
 
307,849
143.8
0.42
10.31
2013
 
308,810
144.3
0.31
10.33
2014
 
308,035
143.9
-0.25
10.30
2015
 
307,799
143.8
-0.08
10.29
2016
 
307,417
143.6
-0.12
10.28
2017
 
306,692
143.3
-0.24
10.25
2018
 
306,954
143.4
0.09
10.29
2019
 
306,672
143.3
-0.09
10.30
2020
 
306,672
143.3
0.00
10.34
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 2021
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Mississippi:
Population, 1969-2020
 
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
 
2,970,615
133.8
0.40
0.96
2011
 
2,979,147
134.2
0.29
0.96
2012
 
2,984,599
134.4
0.18
0.95
2013
 
2,989,839
134.7
0.18
0.95
2014
 
2,991,892
134.8
0.07
0.94
2015
 
2,990,231
134.7
-0.06
0.93
2016
 
2,990,595
134.7
0.01
0.93
2017
 
2,990,674
134.7
0.00
0.92
2018
 
2,982,879
134.4
-0.26
0.91
2019
 
2,978,227
134.2
-0.16
0.91
2020
 
2,966,786
133.6
-0.38
0.90
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 2021
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United States:
Population, 1969-2020
 
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
 
309,327,143
153.7
0.83
2011
 
311,583,481
154.8
0.73
2012
 
313,877,662
155.9
0.74
2013
 
316,059,947
157.0
0.70
2014
 
318,386,329
158.2
0.74
2015
 
320,738,994
159.3
0.74
2016
 
323,071,755
160.5
0.73
2017
 
325,122,128
161.5
0.63
2018
 
326,838,199
162.4
0.53
2019
 
328,329,953
163.1
0.46
2020
 
329,484,123
163.7
0.35
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 2021
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PN
 
   
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