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New MU Report Shows Missouri Population Growing Half As Fast As U.S.

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A new report from the MU Truman School of Public Affairs shows Missouri is growing more slowly than the national average.

The report, authored by associate extension professor Mark White, found the state grew by only 11,000 people from 2019 to 2020. That’s half the national rate of .4 percent growth.

Many other Midwestern states also grew more slowly than the national rate.

Population growth in Missouri has been concentrated in urban and suburban areas, including around Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City.

Rural areas continued to see the biggest declines in population in the state.

Sebastián Martínez Valdivia is a health reporter and documentary filmmaker who focuses on access to care in rural and immigrant communities. A native Spanish speaker and lifelong Missouri resident, Sebastián is interested in the often overlooked and under-covered world of immigrant life in the rural midwest. He has a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in documentary journalism at the same institution. Aside from public health, his other interests include conservation, climate change and ecology.