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MOST AREA TOWNS GAIN POPULATION DURING 1980S

January 24, 1991

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Most area communities are experiencing steady growth, according to the 1990 population figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Among cities that posted population increases, Tonganoxie gained the greatest number of people during the last 10 years, with an increase of nearly 500.

Oskaloosa, Perry and Wellsville all recorded decreases in population.

Following are the official 1980 and 1990 census figures for towns in and around Douglas County:

Baldwin: 2,829 in 1980; 2,961 in 1990.

DeSoto: 2,061 in 1980; 2,291 in 1990.

Eudora: 2,934 in 1980; 3,006 in 1990.

Lecompton: 576 in 1980; 619 in 1990.

Linwood: 343 in 1980; 409 in 1990.

McLouth: 700 in 1980; 719 in 1990.

Oskaloosa: 1,092 in 1980; 1,074 in 1990.

Perry: 907 in 1980; 881 in 1990.

Tonganoxie: 1,864 in 1980; 2,347 in 1990.

Wellsville: 1,612 in 1980; 1,563 in 1990.

THE CENSUS Bureau also released 1990 population figures on Douglas County's rural townships, although comparative figures for 1980 were not available: Clinton Township, 354; Eudora Township, 4,011; Grant Township, 440; Kanwaka Township, 1,017; Lecompton Township, 1,501; Marion Township, 662; Palmyra Township, 4,736; Wakarusa Township, 2,158; and Willow Springs Township, 1,311.

Overall, the 1990 population count for Douglas County was 81,798, an increase of 20.9 percent from the 1980 total of 67,640. Jefferson County's 1990 population was 15,770, up 3.7 percent from the 1980 total of 15,207.

Dave Guntert, Lawrence city planner, said the figures for Baldwin, Eudora and Lecompton were higher than the preliminary census figures and similar to numbers predicted by the cities.

"From what I had gleaned from my conversations with city clerks to find out their preliminary counts, Baldwin and Eudora were both around 3,000. Lecompton was about where it was last year," he said.

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