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According to Census data, Kanidyohi Co. sees small growth in population

WILLMAR -- Census figures show several hundred U.S. counties are experiencing more deaths than births, what demographers call "natural decrease."

The rate of births to deaths is one of the components used by the Census Bureau in formulating population estimates issued each July 1 since the latest decennial census.

Kandiyohi County is alone in the region in showing an increase in overall population in the most recent Census estimate: from 40,959 in 2008 to 41,123 in 2009. The county experienced 260 more births than deaths for that period.

Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties show an overall loss in population from the July 1, 2008, estimate to the July 1, 2009, estimate.

However, only two of those counties -- Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine -- recorded more deaths than births.

Lac qui Parle County recorded 24 more deaths than births and Yellow Medicine County recorded 17 more deaths than births.

Chippewa County showed a "natural increase" of 24 more births than deaths, Meeker County, 100; Renville County, 7; and Swift County, 4.

Migration -- both international and domestic -- is the other main component of population change measured by the Census estimates and was the biggest measurable factor in population decreases in the area counties, according to the estimates.

The complete document showing population change is available online at Look for the link with these stories.

All of the area counties, Kandiyohi County included, showed a loss of population due to migration. Kandiyohi County's gains in births vs. deaths made the difference in having an increase in population overall.

The following county population estimates are from the 2009 Census Bureau Population Estimate. The complete document showing estimated population by county in Minnesota is available online and gives figures as far back as 2000. Look for the link with these stories at

Chippewa County: 12,321 - 2009; 12,378 - 2008

Kandiyohi County: 41,123 - 2009; 40,959 - 2008

Lac qui Parle County: 7,110 - 2009; 7,176 - 2008

Meeker County: 23,154 - 2009; 23,280 - 2008

Renville County: 15,718 - 2009; 15,848 - 2008

Swift County: 10,823 - 2009; 10,961 - 2008

Yellow Medicine County: 9,867 - 2009; 9,926 - 2008

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau 2009 Population Estimates for Counties of Minnesota and Estimates of the Components of Resident Population Change for Counties of Minnesota July 1, 2008, to July 1, 2009.