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Kentucky Population Growth: What Did The 2010 Census Tell Us?
Over the last decade, Kentucky demonstrated two very unequal patterns of population growth. In much of Eastern and Western Kentucky, population growth was slow or negative. Young adults were likely to move away leaving an older population and dampened natural increase. In stark contrast, the metro areas of Northern and Central Kentucky grew faster than the U.S. as a whole. These communities attracted domestic and international migrants which in turn enhanced natural increase. In this report, the results of the 2010 Census are used to examine the demographic trends behind these growing