Richland County vs. Illinois
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2022
Introduction
Richland County vs. Illinois
Richland County:
2022 Population = 15,435
2022 Percent of State = 0.12%
Illinois:
2022 Population = 12,582,032
2022 Percent of U.S. = 3.78%
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Richland County with comparisons to Illinois and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Richland County vs. Illinois' population growth over 1969-2022. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Population, 1969-2022
Population, 1969-2022
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks Richland County's annual population for the period 1969-2022 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 54-year period, Richland County's population dropped from 16,828 in 1969 to 15,435 in 2022, for a net loss of -1,393, or -8.28%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population, 1969-2022
Population, 1969-2022
Figure 2.
Figure 2 tracks Illinois' annual population for the period 1969-2022 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 54-year period, Illinois' population rose from 11,039,000 in 1969 to 12,582,032 in 2022, for a net gain of 1,543,032, or 13.98%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2022
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2022
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Richland County's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Illinois, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Richland County's overall population growth was -8.28% over 1969-2022 trailed Illinois' increase of 13.98%, and fell below the United States' increase of 65.57%.
Population as a Percent of the Illinois Total: 1969-2022
Population as a Percent of the Illinois Total: 1969-2022
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of comparing the population growth of Richland County is to compare its individual percentage contributions to Illinois' statewide population over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than Illinois' population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Richland County's population comprised 0.15% of Illinois' population, while in 2022 it equated to 0.12% thereby yielding a -0.03% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2022 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2022
vs.
1969
-0.03%
=
0.12%
-
0.15%
 
   
Richland County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2022
Richland County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2022
Figure 5.
Figure 5 shows the short-run pattern of Richland County's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2022. The average annual percent change for the entire 53-year period is also traced on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Richland County's population contracted at an annual rate of -0.16% over 1970-2022. The county posted its highest growth in 1981 (3.00%) and posted its lowest growth in 1986 (-2.93%). In 2022, Richland County's population declined by -1.59%
Richland County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2022
Richland County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2022
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again shows the annual percent change in Richland County's population since 1970, but this time they are displayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020-2022.
During the 1970s, Richland County's annual population growth rate averaged 0.66%. It averaged -0.76% throughout the 1980s, -0.25% throughout the 1990s, 0.01% throughout the 2000s, -0.27% throughout the 2010s, -0.76% thus far this decade (2020-2022).
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Richland County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Illinois and the nation. As the chart reveals, Richland County's average annual population growth topped Illinois' average in the 1970s (0.66% vs. 0.34%), lagged Illinois' average in the 1980s (-0.76% vs. -0.01%), recorded under Illinois' average during the 1990s (-0.25% vs. 0.80%), fell below Illinois' average throughout the 2000s (0.01% vs. 0.35%), trailed Illinois' average in the 2010s (-0.27% vs. 0.04%), and posted below Illinois' average over the 3 year period of the current decade, 2020-2022 (-0.76% vs. -0.70%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Richland County trailed the nation in the 1970s (0.66% vs. 1.10%), fell under the nation in the 1980s (-0.76% vs. 0.95%), posted below the nation throughout the 1990s (-0.25% vs. 1.23%), posted below the nation over the 2000s (0.01% vs. 0.95%), fell below the nation throughout the 2010s (-0.27% vs. 0.74%), and fell below the nation over 2020-2022 (-0.76% vs. 0.31%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
-0.16
0.66
-0.76
-0.25
0.01
-0.27
-0.76
-1.59
 
0.25
0.34
-0.01
0.80
0.35
0.04
-0.70
-0.82
 
0.96
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.74
0.31
0.38
 
   

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Richland County:
Population, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
16,828
100.0
N
0.15
1970
 
16,880
100.3
0.31
0.15
1971
 
17,225
102.4
2.04
0.15
1972
 
17,310
102.9
0.49
0.15
1973
 
17,494
104.0
1.06
0.16
1974
 
17,490
103.9
-0.02
0.16
1975
 
17,662
105.0
0.98
0.16
1976
 
17,745
105.4
0.47
0.16
1977
 
17,830
106.0
0.48
0.16
1978
 
17,740
105.4
-0.50
0.16
1979
 
17,974
106.8
1.32
0.16
1980
 
17,728
105.3
-1.37
0.16
1981
 
18,260
108.5
3.00
0.16
1982
 
18,515
110.0
1.40
0.16
1983
 
18,416
109.4
-0.53
0.16
1984
 
18,243
108.4
-0.94
0.16
1985
 
17,974
106.8
-1.47
0.16
1986
 
17,447
103.7
-2.93
0.15
1987
 
16,947
100.7
-2.87
0.15
1988
 
16,560
98.4
-2.28
0.15
1989
 
16,630
98.8
0.42
0.15
1990
 
16,512
98.1
-0.71
0.14
1991
 
16,556
98.4
0.27
0.14
1992
 
16,561
98.4
0.03
0.14
1993
 
16,468
97.9
-0.56
0.14
1994
 
16,568
98.5
0.61
0.14
1995
 
16,491
98.0
-0.46
0.14
1996
 
16,420
97.6
-0.43
0.14
1997
 
16,513
98.1
0.57
0.14
1998
 
16,387
97.4
-0.76
0.13
1999
 
16,212
96.3
-1.07
0.13
2000
 
16,259
96.6
0.29
0.13
2001
 
16,162
96.0
-0.60
0.13
2002
 
16,326
97.0
1.01
0.13
2003
 
16,305
96.9
-0.13
0.13
2004
 
16,270
96.7
-0.21
0.13
2005
 
16,258
96.6
-0.07
0.13
2006
 
16,171
96.1
-0.54
0.13
2007
 
16,153
96.0
-0.11
0.13
2008
 
16,061
95.4
-0.57
0.13
2009
 
16,229
96.4
1.05
0.13
2010
 
16,200
96.3
-0.18
0.13
2011
 
16,227
96.4
0.17
0.13
2012
 
16,201
96.3
-0.16
0.13
2013
 
16,106
95.7
-0.59
0.12
2014
 
16,148
96.0
0.26
0.12
2015
 
16,110
95.7
-0.24
0.12
2016
 
16,006
95.1
-0.65
0.12
2017
 
16,059
95.4
0.33
0.12
2018
 
15,945
94.8
-0.71
0.12
2019
 
15,791
93.8
-0.97
0.12
2020
 
15,778
93.8
-0.08
0.12
2021
 
15,685
93.2
-0.59
0.12
2022
 
15,435
91.7
-1.59
0.12
Source: Calculations by the Illinois Regional Economic Analysis Project (IL-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
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Illinois:
Population, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
11,039,000
100.0
N
5.48
1970
 
11,124,681
100.8
0.78
5.46
1971
 
11,205,816
101.5
0.73
5.42
1972
 
11,258,111
102.0
0.47
5.38
1973
 
11,260,248
102.0
0.02
5.33
1974
 
11,273,745
102.1
0.12
5.28
1975
 
11,306,351
102.4
0.29
5.25
1976
 
11,360,274
102.9
0.48
5.22
1977
 
11,406,312
103.3
0.41
5.19
1978
 
11,434,421
103.6
0.25
5.15
1979
 
11,422,782
103.5
-0.10
5.09
1980
 
11,434,702
103.6
0.10
5.03
1981
 
11,443,461
103.7
0.08
4.99
1982
 
11,423,413
103.5
-0.18
4.93
1983
 
11,408,817
103.4
-0.13
4.88
1984
 
11,412,128
103.4
0.03
4.84
1985
 
11,399,803
103.3
-0.11
4.79
1986
 
11,387,256
103.2
-0.11
4.74
1987
 
11,391,176
103.2
0.03
4.70
1988
 
11,390,186
103.2
-0.01
4.66
1989
 
11,409,782
103.4
0.17
4.62
1990
 
11,453,316
103.8
0.38
4.59
1991
 
11,568,964
104.8
1.01
4.57
1992
 
11,694,184
105.9
1.08
4.56
1993
 
11,809,579
107.0
0.99
4.54
1994
 
11,912,585
107.9
0.87
4.53
1995
 
12,008,437
108.8
0.80
4.51
1996
 
12,101,997
109.6
0.78
4.49
1997
 
12,185,715
110.4
0.69
4.47
1998
 
12,271,847
111.2
0.71
4.45
1999
 
12,359,020
112.0
0.71
4.43
2000
 
12,434,161
112.6
0.61
4.41
2001
 
12,488,445
113.1
0.44
4.38
2002
 
12,525,556
113.5
0.30
4.35
2003
 
12,556,006
113.7
0.24
4.33
2004
 
12,589,773
114.0
0.27
4.30
2005
 
12,609,903
114.2
0.16
4.27
2006
 
12,643,955
114.5
0.27
4.24
2007
 
12,695,866
115.0
0.41
4.21
2008
 
12,747,038
115.5
0.40
4.19
2009
 
12,796,778
115.9
0.39
4.17
2010
 
12,845,511
116.4
0.38
4.15
2011
 
12,892,740
116.8
0.37
4.13
2012
 
12,928,106
117.1
0.27
4.11
2013
 
12,960,987
117.4
0.25
4.09
2014
 
12,970,348
117.5
0.07
4.06
2015
 
12,964,764
117.4
-0.04
4.03
2016
 
12,946,698
117.3
-0.14
3.99
2017
 
12,924,504
117.1
-0.17
3.96
2018
 
12,888,646
116.8
-0.28
3.92
2019
 
12,850,150
116.4
-0.30
3.89
2020
 
12,786,580
115.8
-0.49
3.86
2021
 
12,686,469
114.9
-0.78
3.82
2022
 
12,582,032
114.0
-0.82
3.78
Source: Calculations by the Illinois Regional Economic Analysis Project (IL-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
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United States:
Population, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
201,298,000
100.0
N
1970
 
203,798,722
101.2
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
102.7
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
104.0
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
105.0
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
106.0
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
107.0
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
108.1
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
109.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
110.3
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
111.6
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
112.9
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
114.0
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
115.1
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
116.1
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
117.2
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
118.2
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
119.3
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
120.4
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
121.5
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
122.6
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
124.0
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
125.7
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
127.4
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
129.1
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
130.7
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
132.3
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
133.8
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
135.4
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
137.0
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
138.6
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
140.2
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
141.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
142.9
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
144.1
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
145.5
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
146.8
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
148.2
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
149.6
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
151.1
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
152.4
0.88
2010
 
309,378,433
153.7
0.85
2011
 
311,841,632
154.9
0.80
2012
 
314,344,331
156.2
0.80
2013
 
316,735,375
157.3
0.76
2014
 
319,270,047
158.6
0.80
2015
 
321,829,327
159.9
0.80
2016
 
324,367,742
161.1
0.79
2017
 
326,623,063
162.3
0.70
2018
 
328,542,157
163.2
0.59
2019
 
330,233,102
164.1
0.51
2020
 
331,511,512
164.7
0.39
2021
 
332,031,554
164.9
0.16
2022
 
333,287,557
165.6
0.38
Source: Calculations by the Illinois Regional Economic Analysis Project (IL-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PN
 
   
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