Will Highlands County reach population milestone in 2015?

December 31, 2014 6:09 AM

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In 1990, our population was 68,432, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. Ten years later, census population estimates placed Highlands County’s population at 87,366, growing steadily until the economy went bust.

Highlands County’s population growth stopped and reversed itself. Local population estimates fell 1.2 percent from 2010 to 2013. People moved out of the county looking for jobs elsewhere. The Highlands County School District, in 2010, welcomed back about 136 fewer students than in 2009, the third ye...

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