Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2011

Census numbers show decline here

HARTINGTON  — Cedar County’s population declined once again, according to the latest U.S. Census report released last week.

The official 2010 U.S. Census shows Cedar County with 8,852 residents, down nearly eight percent or 763 people from the 2000 U.S. Census report for Cedar County.
Cedar County’s population was listed at 9,615 on the 2000 Census.
Hartington saw the largest decrease in population of any town in Cedar  County with a loss of a little over five percent. The population dipped down from 1,640 in 2000 to 1,554 in the 2010 Census.
The county has seen a big drop since 1990 when 10,131 people called Cedar County home.
Cedar County Commissioner Dave McGregor said the reason for the county-wide decline in population is fairly obvious.
“Farming has become larger – there are less people on the farms. The size of families have gotten smaller. We just don’t have the people,” McGregor said. “All of our communities are working hard to bring in new jobs and new businesses. It is all about employment – if there are not jobs people won’t come.”
The largest county in the state is Douglas with a population of 517,110. Its population grew by 11.5 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Lancaster, with a population of 285,407.