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Where We Stand Population Update shows slow growth

Tumbleweeds are not rolling down Market Street, and no one is boarding up the windows at City Hall.

That said, the latest Where We Stand update on population change, in which the St. Louis region is compared to 34 other similar metros reveals, or reminds us, of the area’s glacial growth pattern.

If people are voting with their feet, then St. Louis continues to have a low turnout. The region’s population change from 2011 to 2012 was estimated to be 0.09 percent – a net increase of 2,419 people in the St. Louis metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of 2.8 million. Pittsburgh had a 0.03 percent increase, and Cleveland lost 0.24

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St. Louis Region Leads Missouri Economy

Any way you slice the pie in Missouri, the predominant piece is from the St. Louis region. Whether the data is on population, the generation of income or sales tax, business payroll – metro St. Louis eclipses other Missouri regions. Recent data for those categories, and others, re-assert that St. Louis leads the state economy.

Tom Villa, a state legislator for 18 years, a former aldermanic president, and currently a city of St. Louis alderman, is not surprised by the data, although he knows out-state legislators sometimes tire of hearing about it.

“Statistically, we can prove this region clearly is the economic engine of the state. They might

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