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May 30, 2014

Population drops in most of county’s municipalities

NEW CASTLE — All but one municipality in Lawrence County lost population over the last three years, according to census estimates.

That municipality is SNPJ, which the U.S. Census Bureau reported as having 19 residents in 2010 and the same number as of July 1, 2013.

New Castle realized the largest population loss — 525 people, a drop of 2.3 percent.

Next were Ellwood City, with a loss of 170 people; Neshannock Township, with 113; and New Wilmington and Taylor Township, with 108 each.

New Wilmington had the biggest loss in the county in terms of percentage — 4.4 percent.

Shenango Township had the smallest loss — 0.9 percent.

Estimates released earlier this year showed the county’s population dropping from 91,108 in 2010 to 89,333 in 2013. The municipal breakdown was made available within the last week.

Pennsylvania’s population was estimated at 12,773,801 in 2013, an increase of 71,422 since 2010.

The Pennsylvania State Data Center said 78.9 percent of the state’s growth since 2010 can be attributed to townships. They gained 56,345 in population.

Cities also showed a gain — 19,600 people — while boroughs had a decline of 4,523.

As of July 1, 2013, 56 percent of the state’s population lived in townships, 24.3 percent lived in cities and 19.7 percent lived in boroughs, according to the data center.

In Lawrence County, 57.7 percent of the population lived in townships, 25.5 percent lived in New Castle and 16.8 percent lived in boroughs.

 Following are the estimates for Lawrence County’s municipalities with the 2010 census figures in parentheses:

•New Castle — 22,748 (23,273)

•Bessemer — 1,085 (1,111)

•Ellport — 1,153 (1,180)

•Ellwood City — 7,119 (7,289)

•Enon Valley — 296 (306)

•Hickory Township — 2,440 (2,470)

•Little Beaver Township — 1,383 (1,411)

•Mahoning Township — 2,999 (3,083)

•Neshannock Township — 9,496 (9,609)

•New Beaver — 1,469 (1,502)

•New Wilmington — 2,358 (2,466)

•North Beaver Township — 4,065 (4,121)

•Perry Township — 1,918 (1,938)

•Plain Grove Township — 802 (813)

•Pulaski Township — 3,354 (3,452)

•Scott Township — 2,315 (2,347)

•Shenango Township — 7,413 (7,479)

•Slippery Rock Township — 3,212 (3,283)

•SNPJ — 19 (19)

•South New Castle — 687 (709)

•Taylor Township — 1,027 (1,052)

•Union Township — 5,082 (5,190)

•Volant — 166 (168)

•Wampum — 702 (717)

•Washington Township — 788 (799)

•Wayne Township — 2,563 (2,606)

•Wilmington Township — 2,674 (2,715).

(Email: jmanna@ncnewsonline.com)

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