WASHINGTON – U.S. census data show that the exodus from Cerro Gordo county and surrounding areas continues.
In 2010, data showed that 44,151 people lived in Cerro Gordo county. Now, an estimated 43,575 are here, a loss of nearly 600 people or 1.3%.
Things aren’t much better in Floyd county to the east, where population also dropped 1.3% from 2010.
Hancock county dropped about 2.2% over the same 3-year span, and Franklin county lost 1.24%. Butler county was the only county surrounding Cerro Gordo county that gained, with about 1% more.
The metro counties in Iowa saw the biggest gains: Polk, Johnson, Linn, Scott, Sioux, Dubuque, Story.
Many people in North Iowa blame an aging population and low birth rate for the population decline. Some say there just aren’t enough amenities to lure young families. Others say low-paying jobs and stagnant business climate is keeping people away.