Clearfield County vs. Pennsylvania
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2018
Introduction
Clearfield County:
2018 Population = 79,388
2018 Percent of State = 0.6%
Pennsylvania:
2018 Population = 12,807,060
2018 Percent of State = 3.9%
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Clearfield County with comparisons to Pennsylvania and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Clearfield County vs. Pennsylvania's population growth over 1969-2018. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Population, 1969-2018
Population, 1969-2018
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks Clearfield County's annual population for the period 1969-2018 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 50-year period, Clearfield County's population rose from 75,165 in 1969 to 79,388 in 2018, for a net gain of 4,223, or 5.6%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population, 1969-2018
Population, 1969-2018
Figure 2.
Figure 2 tracks Pennsylvania's annual population for the period 1969-2018 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 50-year period, Pennsylvania's population rose from 11,741,000 in 1969 to 12,807,060 in 2018, for a net gain of 1,066,060, or 9.1%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2018
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2018
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Clearfield County's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Pennsylvania, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Clearfield County's overall population growth was 5.6% over 1969-2018 trailed Pennsylvania's increase of 9.1%, and fell below the United States' increase of 62.5%.
Population as a Percent of the Pennsylvania Total: 1969-2018
Population as a Percent of the Pennsylvania Total: 1969-2018
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of comparing the population growth of Clearfield County is to compare its individual percentage contributions to Pennsylvania's statewide population over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than Pennsylvania's population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Clearfield County's population totaled 0.64% of Pennsylvania's population, while in 2018 it comprised 0.62% thereby yielding a -0.02% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2018 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2018
vs.
1969
-0.02%
=
0.62%
-
0.64%
 
   
Clearfield County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2018
Clearfield County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2018
Figure 5.
Figure 5 highlights the short-run pattern of Clearfield County's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2018. The average annual percent change for the entire 49-year period is also illustrated on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Clearfield County's population grew at an annual rate of 0.12% over 1970-2018. The county posted its highest growth in 1996 (2.02%) and posted its lowest growth in 1984 (-2.01%). In 2018, Clearfield County's population declined by -0.49%
Clearfield County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2018
Clearfield County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2018
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again shows the annual percent change in Clearfield County's population since 1970, but this time they are displayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010-2018.
During the 1970s, Clearfield County's annual population growth rate averaged 1.07%. It averaged -0.63% throughout the 1980s, 0.60% during the 1990s, -0.15% in the 2000s, and -0.35% thus far this decade (2010 to 2018).
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Clearfield County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Pennsylvania and the nation. As the chart reveals, Clearfield County's average annual population growth topped Pennsylvania's average during the 1970s (1.07% vs. 0.11%), amounted to less than Pennsylvania's average in the 1980s (-0.63% vs. -0.01%), outperformed Pennsylvania's average throughout the 1990s (0.60% vs. 0.33%), fell below Pennsylvania's average throughout the 2000s (-0.15% vs. 0.32%), and fell below Pennsylvania's average over the 9 year period of the last decade, 2010-2018 (-0.35% vs. 0.12%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Clearfield County posted below the nation during the 1970s (1.07% vs. 1.10%), fell under the nation over the 1980s (-0.63% vs. 0.95%), recorded underneath the nation over the 1990s (0.60% vs. 1.23%), trailed the nation in the 2000s (-0.15% vs. 0.95%), and trailed the nation over 2010-2018 (-0.35% vs. 0.72%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
0.12
1.07
-0.63
0.60
-0.15
-0.35
-0.49
 
0.18
0.11
-0.01
0.33
0.32
0.12
0.13
 
1.00
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.72
0.62
 
   

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Clearfield County:
Population, 1969-2018
 
1969
 
75,165
100.0
N
0.64
1970
 
74,637
99.3
-0.70
0.63
1971
 
75,297
100.2
0.88
0.63
1972
 
76,613
101.9
1.75
0.64
1973
 
78,026
103.8
1.84
0.66
1974
 
78,361
104.3
0.43
0.66
1975
 
79,790
106.2
1.82
0.67
1976
 
80,913
107.6
1.41
0.68
1977
 
82,073
109.2
1.43
0.69
1978
 
83,199
110.7
1.37
0.70
1979
 
83,564
111.2
0.44
0.70
1980
 
83,492
111.1
-0.09
0.70
1981
 
82,983
110.4
-0.61
0.70
1982
 
82,433
109.7
-0.66
0.70
1983
 
83,884
111.6
1.76
0.71
1984
 
82,200
109.4
-2.01
0.70
1985
 
81,610
108.6
-0.72
0.69
1986
 
81,024
107.8
-0.72
0.69
1987
 
80,294
106.8
-0.90
0.68
1988
 
79,411
105.6
-1.10
0.67
1989
 
78,447
104.4
-1.21
0.66
1990
 
78,154
104.0
-0.37
0.66
1991
 
78,431
104.3
0.35
0.65
1992
 
78,887
105.0
0.58
0.65
1993
 
79,562
105.8
0.86
0.66
1994
 
80,345
106.9
0.98
0.66
1995
 
80,774
107.5
0.53
0.66
1996
 
82,403
109.6
2.02
0.67
1997
 
82,655
110.0
0.31
0.68
1998
 
82,800
110.2
0.18
0.68
1999
 
83,229
110.7
0.52
0.68
2000
 
83,465
111.0
0.28
0.68
2001
 
82,987
110.4
-0.57
0.67
2002
 
82,925
110.3
-0.07
0.67
2003
 
82,422
109.7
-0.61
0.67
2004
 
82,040
109.1
-0.46
0.66
2005
 
81,816
108.8
-0.27
0.66
2006
 
82,461
109.7
0.79
0.66
2007
 
82,558
109.8
0.12
0.66
2008
 
82,130
109.3
-0.52
0.65
2009
 
81,942
109.0
-0.23
0.65
2010
 
81,553
108.5
-0.47
0.64
2011
 
81,430
108.3
-0.15
0.64
2012
 
81,406
108.3
-0.03
0.64
2013
 
81,435
108.3
0.04
0.64
2014
 
81,020
107.8
-0.51
0.63
2015
 
80,717
107.4
-0.37
0.63
2016
 
80,178
106.7
-0.67
0.63
2017
 
79,775
106.1
-0.50
0.62
2018
 
79,388
105.6
-0.49
0.62
Source: Calculations by the Pennsylvania Regional Economic Analysis Project (PA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2019
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Pennsylvania:
Population, 1969-2018
 
1969
 
11,741,000
100.0
N
5.83
1970
 
11,811,561
100.6
0.60
5.80
1971
 
11,884,354
101.2
0.62
5.75
1972
 
11,904,541
101.4
0.17
5.69
1973
 
11,885,202
101.2
-0.16
5.62
1974
 
11,863,936
101.0
-0.18
5.56
1975
 
11,897,778
101.3
0.29
5.52
1976
 
11,887,478
101.2
-0.09
5.46
1977
 
11,881,857
101.2
-0.05
5.41
1978
 
11,864,774
101.1
-0.14
5.34
1979
 
11,873,563
101.1
0.07
5.29
1980
 
11,868,305
101.1
-0.04
5.22
1981
 
11,858,569
101.0
-0.08
5.17
1982
 
11,845,146
100.9
-0.11
5.11
1983
 
11,837,726
100.8
-0.06
5.06
1984
 
11,815,175
100.6
-0.19
5.01
1985
 
11,770,865
100.3
-0.38
4.95
1986
 
11,782,754
100.4
0.10
4.91
1987
 
11,810,869
100.6
0.24
4.87
1988
 
11,845,755
100.9
0.30
4.84
1989
 
11,865,992
101.1
0.17
4.81
1990
 
11,903,299
101.4
0.31
4.77
1991
 
11,982,164
102.1
0.66
4.74
1992
 
12,049,450
102.6
0.56
4.70
1993
 
12,119,724
103.2
0.58
4.66
1994
 
12,166,050
103.6
0.38
4.62
1995
 
12,198,403
103.9
0.27
4.58
1996
 
12,220,464
104.1
0.18
4.54
1997
 
12,227,814
104.1
0.06
4.48
1998
 
12,245,672
104.3
0.15
4.44
1999
 
12,263,805
104.5
0.15
4.39
2000
 
12,284,173
104.6
0.17
4.35
2001
 
12,298,970
104.8
0.12
4.32
2002
 
12,331,031
105.0
0.26
4.29
2003
 
12,374,658
105.4
0.35
4.27
2004
 
12,410,722
105.7
0.29
4.24
2005
 
12,449,990
106.0
0.32
4.21
2006
 
12,510,809
106.6
0.49
4.19
2007
 
12,563,937
107.0
0.42
4.17
2008
 
12,612,285
107.4
0.38
4.15
2009
 
12,666,858
107.9
0.43
4.13
2010
 
12,711,158
108.3
0.35
4.11
2011
 
12,744,583
108.5
0.26
4.09
2012
 
12,766,827
108.7
0.17
4.07
2013
 
12,776,621
108.8
0.08
4.04
2014
 
12,789,101
108.9
0.10
4.02
2015
 
12,785,759
108.9
-0.03
3.99
2016
 
12,783,538
108.9
-0.02
3.96
2017
 
12,790,447
108.9
0.05
3.93
2018
 
12,807,060
109.1
0.13
3.91
Source: Calculations by the Pennsylvania Regional Economic Analysis Project (PA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2019
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United States:
Population, 1969-2018
 
1969
 
201,298,000
100.0
N
1970
 
203,798,722
101.2
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
102.7
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
104.0
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
105.0
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
106.0
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
107.0
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
108.1
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
109.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
110.3
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
111.6
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
112.9
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
114.0
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
115.1
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
116.1
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
117.2
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
118.2
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
119.3
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
120.4
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
121.5
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
122.6
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
124.0
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
125.7
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
127.4
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
129.1
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
130.7
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
132.3
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
133.8
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
135.4
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
137.0
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
138.6
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
140.2
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
141.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
142.9
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
144.1
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
145.5
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
146.8
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
148.2
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
149.6
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
151.1
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
152.4
0.88
2010
 
309,326,085
153.7
0.83
2011
 
311,580,009
154.8
0.73
2012
 
313,874,218
155.9
0.74
2013
 
316,057,727
157.0
0.70
2014
 
318,386,421
158.2
0.74
2015
 
320,742,673
159.3
0.74
2016
 
323,071,342
160.5
0.73
2017
 
325,147,121
161.5
0.64
2018
 
327,167,434
162.5
0.62
Source: Calculations by the Pennsylvania Regional Economic Analysis Project (PA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2019
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PN
 
   
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