Montgomery County has 1,816 fewer people than it did ten years ago, according to U.S. census data released this week.
The population of Montgomery County is 28,288 according to the 2020 census, down six percent from the 30,104 population in 2010.
Eighteen of the 20 municipalities in Montgomery County lost population according to 2020 census numbers; Taylor Springs, which also showed a population gain ten years ago, is up 34 residents, and Coalton is up 13.
The county’s largest city, Litchfield, which had gained 124 residents in the 2010 census, lost 334 according to 2020 numbers, down to 6,605.
Hillsboro, whose population includes those incarcerated in Graham Correctional Center, dropped 305 in population, down to 5,902, and Nokomis, the third largest city in the county, was down 114 residents to 2,142.
Montgomery County’s other two cities, Witt and Coffeen, also lost population. Witt is down 118 to 785 and Coffeen is down 38 to 647.
Raymond, the county’s largest village which had popped up to just over 1,000 residents in 2010, lost 57 according to 2020 numbers, down to 949.
Taylor Springs, a village that had gained 107 residents according to the 2010 census, was up another 34 residents in 2020 to 724.
Percentage-wise, Waggoner lost nearly one-third of its residents, down 85 people (32.0 percent) in 2020 to 181. Donnellson dropped over a quarter, down 57 residents (27.1 percent) to 153. Irving, too, is down nearly a quarter, losing 122 people (24.6 percent) to 373.
Walshville, population 61, and Wenonah, population 32, remain the county’s two smallest villages.