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Jackson ranks 13th among metro areas losing population

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson area residents are calling it quits and moving out of the city, but recent information suggests they aren't going far.

"Jackson, as a core city, has been losing population since the 1980s," said Dr. Otha Burton. the Executive Director of Jackson State's Institute of Government.

Recent information shows that the Jackson metro area ranked 13th when it came to residents packing up and moving out.

"But, at the same time, the metropolitan region has grown," added Dr. Burton.

We showed the information from the Bloomberg Business report to Dr. Burton and he says you can't just look at the headline, there's a bigger picture.

"Ridgeland, Clinton, Brandon, Pearl and Madison as well as the counties Rankin and outside if Jackson in Hinds and Madison Counties have grown," said Dr. Burton. Right now we are a five county metropolitan region. Probably over 550 thousand people. So, as for Mississippi, that's a very populated area."

The data collected was between July 2013 and July 2014 when 0.48 percent of residents moved out of the city limits of Jackson.

"I'm more concerned about what we do in Jackson and in the Jackson metropolitan area. There are a lot of positives, there are a lot of things that need to be done and we as a community should be about addressing those." 

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