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Milwaukee population grows slightly

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)   More of America’s population is gravitating to big cities – and Milwaukee is no exception. The U-S Census Bureau says Milwaukee has gained almost 4,000 residents since the 2010 Census. It had over 598,000 people as of last July, making it the nation’s 30th largest city – down two places since 2010.

Oklahoma City and Portland Oregon surpassed Milwaukee in population, but Mayor Tom Barrett says he’s still pleased with the city’s growth. A lot of it’s been happening close to the downtown, with new condos and apartments occupied mainly by younger adults.

William Frey of the Brookings Institution says most cities with a half-million residents have grown since the last Census – and surprisingly, not just in the Sun Belt. Milwaukee used to be a lot bigger at one time. In 1960, it was the nation’s 11th largest city with 741,000 people. Madison has been Wisconsin’s fastest-growing city in the past couple years. The state’s capital gained 6,400 residents since 2010, and is now at 240,000.

Nine of the state’s top-10 cities gained residents. Racine lost almost 500 people, and is now at around 78,000. Kenosha surpassed 100,000 for the first time.

Of the 19,000 municipalities in Wisconsin, about half gained population since 2010, while the other half saw declines. Most changes were very small.