Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2007

Census shows city has grown again

June 28, 2007

Yes, Baldwin City, you're still growing. The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the city has grown 3 percent in the last year.

On July 1, 2005, the city had a population of 4,014, according to the Census numbers which were adjusted. On July 1, 2006, that number had jumped to 4,145. That's a modest rise, but the type of growth that the city wants, according to City Administrator Jeff Dingman.

"I haven't seen the Census numbers," said Dingman. "I don't really know which numbers to take stock in, as the U.S. Census Web site still shows our 2005 population estimate at 3,746.

"Slow growth is easier to keep up with, that's for sure, but we keep thinking that we're planning for the next population boom, whenever that might happen," he said.

Dingman was mostly referring to the Gardner Intermodal, a distribution center that's slated to be built this year and will bring thousands of new jobs to the area. It's unknown what effect it will have on Baldwin City's usual moderate growth.

The biggest jump shown by the Census numbers is the rise in population here since 2000, when there were 3,400 residents. That's an increase of 18 percent.

As for the questions regarding the numbers, a spokesman from the Census Bureau said that previous year's numbers are adjusted as more information becomes available.

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