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Arrivals boost local population

Migration has had bigger impact than births and deaths

Newly released U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that a record 73% of American counties saw deaths outnumber births last year – but Crook County experienced quite the opposite.

However, the main reason for a significant increase in the local population appears to be migration.

Statistics reveal that this county was one of the beneficiaries of a national trend of people moving from more populated areas to more rural parts of the nation, driven in part by the pandemic.

“The patterns we’ve observed in domestic migration shifted in 2021,” said Dr. Christine Hartley, Census Bureau’s Population Divisi...