New report projects Russell County population to grow by 2025

A new report by the Kentucky State Data Center projects Russell County’s population to continue to grow by 2025, eventually crossing 18,000 population before declining again.

The data center released a report last week detailing population projections for each of Kentucky’s 120 counties from present to the year 2050.

The projections utilize data such as migration changes, life expectancy, fertility rates, historic patterns, and multiple other factors.

Between 2010 and 2020, Russell County had a net growth of 426 citizens, a 2.4 percent increase compared to a 7.7 percent increase in the 10-year period before.

That leads researchers to believe Russell County will reach a population of 18,071 in the year 2025 before slowly declining and falling back below the 18,000 mark by the year 2035.

Here’s a look at how the KSDC projects Russell County’s population to change.

According to the projections, Scott, Warren, Oldham, Shelby, and Bath counties are expected to have the largest percentage growth in the state from 2020-2050.

Meanwhile, the data center projects Knott, Letcher, Martin, Pike, and Magoffin counties to have the largest percentage decline in population.



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