Every 8 seconds another person is born in the U.S., adding to a world population that already totals more than 7 billion people.
Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer checks in with population experts here in Iowa to learn about our state’s trends, and what they tell us about our economy and the future of our communities. Global population expert William Ryerson also joins the conversation to talk about the connection between local and global population growth.
While Iowa's total population grew by 2.8 percent over the past nine years, the 2010 Census Report shows that the growth has occurred in the state's largest cities and their suburbs, while the rural areas are losing residents.
Iowa's smallest towns are shrinking- the total population living in towns of one-thousand people or less decreased by seven percent in the last decade. We conclude our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at communities struggling to survive. Charity talks with Jeff Schott of the University of Iowa's Institute of Public Affairs. Schott reveals the latest census numbers focusing on parts of the state experiencing population loss. Also joining the conversation- Sac County Economic Development Director Shirley Phillips, Decorah author Robert Wolf and Cedar Rapids entrepreneur