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Blair, Bedford Counties Lose Population in Latest Estimate

The U.S. Census Bureau on March 14 released estimates of the total population as of July 1, 2023, at the county level.

The estimates have been made available to the public by the PA State Data Center.

Blair and Bedford counties both lost population. Blair County was one of 11 counties that lost more than 2,000 residents.

Population estimates are calculated using administrative records to estimate components of population change such as births, deaths, and migration.

Key Trends

Pennsylvania experienced an overall population decline just over 41,000 (-0.3 percent) between 2020 and 2023.

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