GREEN BAY, WB (WBAY) – New study from Madison-based Forward Analytics shows that Wisconsin’s future could be in jeopardy if the state’s population growth trends do not dramatically accelerate .
According to the study, “Slowdown: Declining Growth of the Population of Wisconsin”, the state’s population grew 3.6%, making us one of the slowest growing states in the country.
“We knew the state was growing slowly, but this was the slowest 10-year growth rate on record for the state of Wisconsin. The most disturbing elements are the drop in birth rates and the decline in the under-18 population. Because it claims very long term challenges for Wisconsin that are going to be very difficult to overcome, ”said Dale Knapp, director of Forward Analytics.
Wisconsin’s under-18 population fell 4.3%, more than double the 2.1% drop between 2000 and 2010.
“We are heading towards a permanent, long-term population decline, what we call a natural population decline, where deaths exceed births, unless we can find a way to reverse birth rates.” , Knapp said.
The report shows that fewer young people in the state negatively affects Wisconsin’s future workforce and our economy.
Knapp says one solution would be to make child care more affordable.
“I think the target should be these young families. The 25-40 age group, because if you get them here you get kids here as well, who often will stay and help in some way in the long run, ”Knapp said.
Without migration and increased birth rates, Knapp says Wisconsin will continue to see the population decline, “The only solution is to get more people to move here.
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