Greene County vs. North Carolina
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2018
Introduction
Greene County:
2018 Population = 21,012
2018 Percent of State = 0.2%
North Carolina:
2018 Population = 10,383,620
2018 Percent of State = 3.2%
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 Greene County with comparisons to North Carolina and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Greene County vs. North Carolina'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 traces Greene County's annual population for the period 1969-2018 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 50-year period, Greene County's population rose from 15,164 in 1969 to 21,012 in 2018, for a net gain of 5,848, or 38.6%.
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 North Carolina's annual population for the period 1969-2018 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 50-year period, North Carolina's population rose from 5,031,000 in 1969 to 10,383,620 in 2018, for a net gain of 5,352,620, or 106.4%.
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 shows Greene County's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with North Carolina, 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.
Greene County's overall population growth was 38.6% over 1969-2018 trailed North Carolina's increase of 106.4%, and fell below the United States' increase of 62.5%.
Population as a Percent of the North Carolina Total: 1969-2018
Population as a Percent of the North Carolina Total: 1969-2018
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of comparing the population growth of Greene County is to compare its individual percentage contributions to North Carolina's statewide population over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than North Carolina's population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Greene County's population totaled 0.30% of North Carolina's population, while in 2018 it comprised 0.20% thereby yielding a -0.10% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2018 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2018
vs.
1969
-0.10%
=
0.20%
-
0.30%
 
   
Greene County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2018
Greene County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2018
Figure 5.
Figure 5 displays the short-run pattern of Greene 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, Greene County's population grew at an annual rate of 0.68% over 1970-2018. The county recorded its highest growth in 1978 (6.49%) and recorded its lowest growth in 1979 (-2.53%). In 2018, Greene County's population grew by 0.15%
Greene County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2018
Greene 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 Greene County's population since 1970, but this time they are overlayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010-2018.
During the 1970s, Greene County's annual population growth rate averaged 0.29%. It averaged -0.11% throughout the 1980s, 1.98% during the 1990s, 1.30% throughout the 2000s, and -0.12% 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 Greene County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for North Carolina and the nation. As the chart reveals, Greene County's average annual population growth trailed North Carolina's average in the 1970s (0.29% vs. 1.44%), recorded under North Carolina's average throughout the 1980s (-0.11% vs. 1.24%), surpassed North Carolina's average throughout the 1990s (1.98% vs. 1.93%), lagged North Carolina's average throughout the 2000s (1.30% vs. 1.74%), and fell below North Carolina's average over the 9 year period of the last decade, 2010-2018 (-0.12% vs. 1.05%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Greene County posted below the nation over the 1970s (0.29% vs. 1.10%), posted below the nation over the 1980s (-0.11% vs. 0.95%), outpaced the nation during the 1990s (1.98% vs. 1.23%), outgained the nation during the 2000s (1.30% vs. 0.95%), and posted below the nation over 2010-2018 (-0.12% vs. 0.72%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
0.68
0.29
-0.11
1.98
1.30
-0.12
0.15
 
1.49
1.44
1.24
1.93
1.74
1.05
1.10
 
1.00
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.72
0.62
 
   

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Greene County:
Population, 1969-2018
 
1969
 
15,164
100.0
N
0.30
1970
 
15,034
99.1
-0.86
0.29
1971
 
15,374
101.4
2.26
0.30
1972
 
15,110
99.6
-1.72
0.29
1973
 
14,944
98.5
-1.10
0.28
1974
 
15,017
99.0
0.49
0.27
1975
 
14,872
98.1
-0.97
0.27
1976
 
14,991
98.9
0.80
0.27
1977
 
14,987
98.8
-0.03
0.26
1978
 
15,960
105.2
6.49
0.28
1979
 
15,557
102.6
-2.53
0.27
1980
 
16,093
106.1
3.45
0.27
1981
 
15,954
105.2
-0.86
0.27
1982
 
15,855
104.6
-0.62
0.26
1983
 
16,116
106.3
1.65
0.27
1984
 
16,026
105.7
-0.56
0.26
1985
 
15,944
105.1
-0.51
0.25
1986
 
15,849
104.5
-0.60
0.25
1987
 
15,672
103.4
-1.12
0.24
1988
 
15,493
102.2
-1.14
0.24
1989
 
15,375
101.4
-0.76
0.23
1990
 
15,440
101.8
0.42
0.23
1991
 
15,679
103.4
1.55
0.23
1992
 
15,782
104.1
0.66
0.23
1993
 
16,149
106.5
2.33
0.23
1994
 
16,637
109.7
3.02
0.23
1995
 
17,260
113.8
3.74
0.24
1996
 
17,742
117.0
2.79
0.24
1997
 
18,166
119.8
2.39
0.24
1998
 
18,598
122.6
2.38
0.24
1999
 
18,687
123.2
0.48
0.24
2000
 
19,020
125.4
1.78
0.24
2001
 
19,241
126.9
1.16
0.23
2002
 
19,512
128.7
1.41
0.23
2003
 
19,848
130.9
1.72
0.24
2004
 
20,132
132.8
1.43
0.24
2005
 
20,146
132.9
0.07
0.23
2006
 
20,742
136.8
2.96
0.23
2007
 
21,178
139.7
2.10
0.23
2008
 
21,230
140.0
0.25
0.23
2009
 
21,253
140.2
0.11
0.22
2010
 
21,259
140.2
0.03
0.22
2011
 
21,514
141.9
1.20
0.22
2012
 
21,194
139.8
-1.49
0.22
2013
 
21,016
138.6
-0.84
0.21
2014
 
21,018
138.6
0.01
0.21
2015
 
20,952
138.2
-0.31
0.21
2016
 
21,080
139.0
0.61
0.21
2017
 
20,980
138.4
-0.47
0.20
2018
 
21,012
138.6
0.15
0.20
Source: Calculations by the North Carolina Regional Economic Analysis Project (NC-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2019
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North Carolina:
Population, 1969-2018
 
1969
 
5,031,000
100.0
N
2.50
1970
 
5,099,150
101.4
1.35
2.50
1971
 
5,200,760
103.4
1.99
2.51
1972
 
5,296,085
105.3
1.83
2.53
1973
 
5,382,441
107.0
1.63
2.55
1974
 
5,461,112
108.5
1.46
2.56
1975
 
5,535,097
110.0
1.35
2.57
1976
 
5,593,463
111.2
1.05
2.57
1977
 
5,668,494
112.7
1.34
2.58
1978
 
5,740,286
114.1
1.27
2.58
1979
 
5,801,563
115.3
1.07
2.58
1980
 
5,898,980
117.3
1.68
2.60
1981
 
5,956,653
118.4
0.98
2.60
1982
 
6,019,108
119.6
1.05
2.60
1983
 
6,077,059
120.8
0.96
2.60
1984
 
6,164,004
122.5
1.43
2.61
1985
 
6,253,957
124.3
1.46
2.63
1986
 
6,321,576
125.7
1.08
2.63
1987
 
6,403,693
127.3
1.30
2.64
1988
 
6,480,591
128.8
1.20
2.65
1989
 
6,565,462
130.5
1.31
2.66
1990
 
6,664,016
132.5
1.50
2.67
1991
 
6,784,280
134.8
1.80
2.68
1992
 
6,897,214
137.1
1.66
2.69
1993
 
7,042,818
140.0
2.11
2.71
1994
 
7,187,398
142.9
2.05
2.73
1995
 
7,344,674
146.0
2.19
2.76
1996
 
7,500,670
149.1
2.12
2.78
1997
 
7,656,825
152.2
2.08
2.81
1998
 
7,809,121
155.2
1.99
2.83
1999
 
7,949,361
158.0
1.80
2.85
2000
 
8,081,614
160.6
1.66
2.86
2001
 
8,210,122
163.2
1.59
2.88
2002
 
8,326,201
165.5
1.41
2.89
2003
 
8,422,501
167.4
1.16
2.90
2004
 
8,553,152
170.0
1.55
2.92
2005
 
8,705,407
173.0
1.78
2.95
2006
 
8,917,270
177.2
2.43
2.99
2007
 
9,118,037
181.2
2.25
3.03
2008
 
9,309,449
185.0
2.10
3.06
2009
 
9,449,566
187.8
1.51
3.08
2010
 
9,574,293
190.3
1.32
3.10
2011
 
9,656,754
191.9
0.86
3.10
2012
 
9,749,123
193.8
0.96
3.11
2013
 
9,843,599
195.7
0.97
3.11
2014
 
9,933,944
197.5
0.92
3.12
2015
 
10,033,079
199.4
1.00
3.13
2016
 
10,156,679
201.9
1.23
3.14
2017
 
10,270,800
204.2
1.12
3.16
2018
 
10,383,620
206.4
1.10
3.17
Source: Calculations by the North Carolina Regional Economic Analysis Project (NC-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 North Carolina Regional Economic Analysis Project (NC-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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