Spirit Lake Continues To Buck A Trend When It Comes To Population

Mon 3-27-2017

(Spirit Lake)-- Spirit Lake continues to buck a trend when it comes to population in rural Iowa.

2016 statistics that were recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Spirit Lake was among just a few cities it's same size to see it's population grow. As a matter of fact, the report says Spirit Lake saw a 0.7 percent increase in its population in the last year, a growth of 3.4 percent since 2010.

In contrast, the vast majority of other smaller communities in the state saw decreases in population. Spencer was among those posting the largest declines in 2016, losing nearly one percent of its population.

Officials site the quality of life due to the Iowa Great Lakes and its associated attractions as being the lead factor in the continued growth of population locally.

Regional economist Dave Swenson of Iowa State University says the decrease in population being experienced in most of Iowa's rural communities can be attributed to a lack of growth in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors of the economy.