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Appalachia Region & County Population Trends 2010-2015

April 2016. .. examining how is the Appalachia population changing and why .. Appalachia is a region that includes parts of 13 states and has long been challenged with poverty. The population of Appalachia increased from 25,184,339 in 2010 to 25,449,932 in 2015. The extended report below, developed using the ProximityOne Regional Data Analytics tool, in combination with GIS tools provide insights into why, how and where the population change has occurred since 2010.

Patterns of Appalachia County Population Trends 2010-2015
Appalachia counties are shown in the following graphic with the black bold boundary. The thematic pattern map shows how counties have gained population (blue and green) and lost population (orange and red) during the period 2010 to 2015. It is easy to see clusters of counties that are increasing or losing population and why. Counties increasing in population are shown by the dominant factor contributing to their growth -- net migration or natural change (where births exceed deaths). Counties decreasing in population are shown by the dominant factor contributing to their population loss -- net migration or natural change (where deaths exceed births). See more detail and access data via interactive table in the County Trends 2010-2015 section. Click graphic for larger view; expand browser window for best quality view.

.. view developed with ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

Summary of Population Change
Appalachia has increased in population since 2010 due to both net migration and natural increase. The analyses show that during the 2010 to 2015 period, the Appalachia population:
  • increased by 1,688,832 births
  • experienced 1,562,810 deaths
  • had a natural increase (births less deaths) of 126,022 population
  • increased by 166,990 net international migration
  • increased by 53,209 net domestic migration
  • had a net migration of 220,199 population

Region & County-by-County Population & Components of Change
The RDA report includes eight tables for each county and a summary for the Appalachia region. Tables displayed when using the "Population Estimates & Components" data include:
  • Table 1 - total population
  • Table 2 - births
  • Table 3 - deaths
  • Table 4 - natural change
  • Table 5 - international migration
  • Table 6 - domestic migration
  • Table 7 - net migration
  • Table 8 - group quarters population

Appalachia Counties & Region: Population Trends & Components of Change; 2010-2015
Click link below to view report. Data for all Appalachia counties, followed the regional summary, are provided table-by-table in the table sequence shown above.
  • Appalachia region population & components of change 2010-15

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The above report may be used for any purpose provided that:
  1 - it is not used for commercial, consulting or professional advice purposes.
  2 - it is not used in funded research.
  3 - all use is referenced as to source with Web URL:
    -- developed by ProximityOne based in part on Census Bureau data;

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