Comparing St. Louis City and MSA population growth
FRED lives at the St. Louis Fed, which is in St. Louis City, which is adjacent to St. Louis County, which are all part of the St. Louis metropolitan statistical area (MSA).* Population and income vary widely across the region, so let’s see what FRED’s Census data can show us.
The graph above shows population for St. Louis City in red (left axis) and the entire St. Louis MSA in blue (right axis).
The city’s population is less than half of what it was 50 years ago: down from 622,236 in 1970 to 302,838 in 2018. The most drastic population declines were in the early 1970s and right after the Great Recession. Despite some steadiness in the 2000s, the city’s population has consistently fallen.
The MSA’s population also declines in the early 1970s, but it stabilizes in the next decade and then steadily increases at a
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