Tale of two counties: Champaign grows in population while Vermilion takes a hit

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — The U.S. Census reports Champaign County is one of few counties in Illinois that grew in population.

Champaign County grew to more than 205,000 in the 2020 census.

This continues a trend of growth for the county since 1900.

The population in 2010 was a little more than 201,000.

On the other hand, Danville had some of the largest percentage declines in the country.

The U.S. Census reports the city population decreased by around 9%.

Officials from Vermilion County say the county also fell by the same number.

They say it’s a significant amount.

“Hasn’t been good,” said Douglas Toole, the administrator for Vermilion County Public Health. “We’re, I’m not shocked to see that the population’s been going down. I live in this community. But was surprised to see just how much the census estimate is that we’ve lost.”

For information about population shifts of other cities in Central Illinois, click here.

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