CHART: How Missouri compares to its neighbors in 2010s population growth

During the 2010s, Missouri trailed all but two of its neighboring states in population growth, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

That slow growth is a cause for some economic concern: The relatively low population change has led to Missouri’s gross domestic product growth lagging that of its neighbors, University of Missouri Extension professor Sarah Low said at an event last month.

Missouri’s population increased to over 6.1 million in 2019 from just under 6 million in 2010, according to Census Bureau estimates. That represents growth of about 2.5%. By comparison, Tennessee grew 7.6% in the same stretch.

In that time, the U.S. as a whole saw population growth of about 6.3%. The South and West saw the most aggressive growth — at 9.6% and 8.9%, respectively. The Midwest grew about 2.1%.

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