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The Missouri Department of Transportation has floated the possibility of no longer putting population numbers on highway signs. St. Joseph’s official census count is about 5,000 less than what’s on this sign.

Those who look hard enough could find a sliver of good news in the latest census updates pointing to further population loss in Buchanan County.

For instance, a few area counties — Atchison and Nodaway — saw an even steeper rate of decline than the 2.2% experienced in Buchanan County from 2020 to 2022. Also, since DeKalb County is lumped into the St. Joseph metro area, that county’s modest growth could minimize our city’s overall population loss.

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