As the proportion of Americans living outside of cities declines nation-wide, population distribution in Wisconsin has remained more stable. According to county-level census figures, the proportion of the state’s population residing in non-metropolitan counties declined by only seven tenths of one percent in the past ten years. In fact, there were 49,902 more Wisconsinites residing in non-metropolitan counties in 2010 than in 2000. However, several of Wisconsin’s northern rural counties experienced population declines, which is noteworthy because in the previous decade, these counties had seen robust growth from in-migration.
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