New brief highlights historic population trends for Commonwealth and its regions

In anticipation of the 2020 decennial census, we look back at trends in Pennsylvania’s population. Our latest brief tracks population change from the start of the 20th century to the most recent decennial census data for 2010.

The brief shows that Pennsylvania’s population, while still growing, is growing at a much slower rate than it was at the start of the 20th century. The regional analysis shows that South Central Pennsylvania has been the fastest-growing region since mid-century and the only region to have maintained population growth each decade since 1900.

Click here to read the full brief.