Pennsylvania has been shrinking since the COVID-19 pandemic started, but there are a few pockets within the state that have been gaining residents, such as Montgomery County, writes Noah Zucker for the Philly Voice.
According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the Keystone State lost 38,644 people between April 2020 and July 2021. That is 0.3 percent of its population and it represents the sixth-highest numerical decline of any state. The state’s population is currently estimated to be 12.9 million people.
Philadelphia also saw a decline in population over that period, losing 27,546 residents, or around 1.7 percent. Other big cities in the state also saw their populations decline, including Pittsburgh, Allentown, Reading, and Erie.
Meanwhile, Montgomery County is one of the counties that experienced the highest growth between April 2020 and July 2021. The county added 4,025 residents, increasing its overall population by 0.5 percent.
Out of the ten towns in Pennsylvania that saw their population increase the most from July 2020 to July 2021, three are in the Philadelphia suburbs and one is in Montgomery County. Lansdale, which made the list alongside Phoenixville and Downingtown, added 175 residents in that period.
Read more about the population growth in the Philly Voice.