Introduction
Clark County:
2016 Population = 2,155,664
2016 Percent of State = 73.3%
Nevada:
2016 Population = 2,940,058
2016 Percent of State = 0.9%
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Clark County with comparisons to Nevada and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Clark County vs. Nevada's population growth over 1969-2016. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Population, 1969-2016
Population, 1969-2016
Figure 1.
Figure 1 traces Clark County's annual population for the period 1969-2016 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 48-year period, Clark County's population rose from 267,479 in 1969 to 2,155,664 in 2016, for a net gain of 1,888,185, or 705.9%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
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Population, 1969-2016
Population, 1969-2016
Figure 2.
Figure 2 traces Nevada's annual population for the period 1969-2016 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 48-year period, Nevada's population rose from 480,000 in 1969 to 2,940,058 in 2016, for a net gain of 2,460,058, or 512.5%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
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Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2016
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2016
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Clark County's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Nevada, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Clark County's overall population growth was 705.9% over 1969-2016 outpaced Nevada's increase of 512.5%, and outpaced the United States' increase of 60.5%.
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Population as a Percent of the Nevada Total: 1969-2016
Population as a Percent of the Nevada Total: 1969-2016
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of contrasting the population growth of Clark County is to compare its individual percentage contributions to Nevada's statewide population over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's population grew faster—or declined less—than Nevada's population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Clark County's population comprised 55.7% of Nevada's population, while in 2016 it equated to 73.3% thereby yielding a +17.6% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2016 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2016
vs.
1969
+17.60%
=
73.32%
-
55.72%
 
   
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Clark County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2016
Clark County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2016
Figure 5.
Figure 5 displays the short-run pattern of Clark County's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2016. The average annual percent change for the entire 47-year period is also illustrated on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Clark County's population grew at an annual rate of 4.56% over 1970-2016. The county recorded its highest growth in 1990 (9.36%) and recorded its lowest growth in 2011 (0.67%). In 2016, Clark County's population grew by 2.20%
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Clark County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2016
Clark County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2016
Figure 6.
Over the past four decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again illustrates the annual percent change in Clark County's population since 1970, but this time they are displayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010-2016.
During the 1970s, Clark County's annual population growth rate averaged 5.14%. It averaged 4.60% during the 1980s, 6.70% throughout the 1990s, 3.92% throughout the 2000s, and 1.52% thus far this decade (2010 to 2016).
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Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Clark County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Nevada and the nation. As the chart reveals, Clark County's average annual population growth exceeded Nevada's average in the 1970s (5.14% vs. 4.78%), outgained Nevada's average throughout the 1980s (4.60% vs. 4.05%), surpassed Nevada's average throughout the 1990s (6.70% vs. 5.46%), surpassed Nevada's average throughout the 2000s (3.92% vs. 3.33%), and outpaced Nevada's average over the 7 year period of the last decade, 2010-2016 (1.52% vs. 1.31%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Clark County recorded above the nation during the 1970s (5.14% vs. 1.10%), outpaced the nation throughout the 1980s (4.60% vs. 0.95%), registered above the nation throughout the 1990s (6.70% vs. 1.23%), surpassed the nation during the 2000s (3.92% vs. 0.95%), and surpassed the nation over 2010-2016 (1.52% vs. 0.74%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
4.56
5.14
4.60
6.70
3.92
1.52
2.20
 
3.94
4.78
4.05
5.46
3.33
1.31
1.95
 
1.01
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.74
0.70
 
   
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Clark County:
Population, 1969-2016
 
1969
 
267,479
100.0
N
55.72
1970
 
276,079
103.2
3.22
55.97
1971
 
293,008
109.5
6.13
56.35
1972
 
307,426
114.9
4.92
56.23
1973
 
319,399
119.4
3.89
56.14
1974
 
336,930
126.0
5.49
56.46
1975
 
351,339
131.4
4.28
56.68
1976
 
369,529
138.2
5.18
57.13
1977
 
389,965
145.8
5.53
57.51
1978
 
412,913
154.4
5.88
57.40
1979
 
441,358
165.0
6.89
57.68
1980
 
469,185
175.4
6.30
57.91
1981
 
492,747
184.2
5.02
58.13
1982
 
513,708
192.1
4.25
58.27
1983
 
530,195
198.2
3.21
58.78
1984
 
544,893
203.7
2.77
58.91
1985
 
561,081
209.8
2.97
59.00
1986
 
580,775
217.1
3.51
59.23
1987
 
611,763
228.7
5.34
59.78
1988
 
647,410
242.0
5.83
60.22
1989
 
691,467
258.5
6.81
60.79
1990
 
756,170
282.7
9.36
61.95
1991
 
816,085
305.1
7.92
62.96
1992
 
857,357
320.5
5.06
63.44
1993
 
902,338
337.3
5.25
63.94
1994
 
972,624
363.6
7.79
64.87
1995
 
1,035,847
387.3
6.50
65.49
1996
 
1,099,894
411.2
6.18
66.01
1997
 
1,177,230
440.1
7.03
66.73
1998
 
1,251,258
467.8
6.29
67.52
1999
 
1,321,254
494.0
5.59
68.29
2000
 
1,393,909
521.1
5.50
69.05
2001
 
1,460,500
546.0
4.78
69.60
2002
 
1,522,962
569.4
4.28
70.06
2003
 
1,584,166
592.3
4.02
70.44
2004
 
1,662,773
621.6
4.96
70.87
2005
 
1,729,522
646.6
4.01
71.11
2006
 
1,803,774
674.4
4.29
71.50
2007
 
1,867,817
698.3
3.55
71.81
2008
 
1,912,349
715.0
2.38
72.07
2009
 
1,939,407
725.1
1.41
72.24
2010
 
1,953,216
730.2
0.71
72.25
2011
 
1,966,295
735.1
0.67
72.33
2012
 
1,995,815
746.2
1.50
72.51
2013
 
2,025,096
757.1
1.47
72.68
2014
 
2,064,899
772.0
1.97
72.89
2015
 
2,109,289
788.6
2.15
73.14
2016
 
2,155,664
805.9
2.20
73.32
Source: Calculations by the Nevada Regional Economic Analysis Project (NV-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2017
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PSN
 
   
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Nevada:
Population, 1969-2016
 
1969
 
480,000
100.0
N
0.24
1970
 
493,223
102.8
2.75
0.24
1971
 
519,989
108.3
5.43
0.25
1972
 
546,736
113.9
5.14
0.26
1973
 
568,910
118.5
4.06
0.27
1974
 
596,713
124.3
4.89
0.28
1975
 
619,847
129.1
3.88
0.29
1976
 
646,823
134.8
4.35
0.30
1977
 
678,134
141.3
4.84
0.31
1978
 
719,345
149.9
6.08
0.32
1979
 
765,121
159.4
6.36
0.34
1980
 
810,215
168.8
5.89
0.36
1981
 
847,656
176.6
4.62
0.37
1982
 
881,538
183.7
4.00
0.38
1983
 
901,978
187.9
2.32
0.39
1984
 
924,921
192.7
2.54
0.39
1985
 
951,032
198.1
2.82
0.40
1986
 
980,614
204.3
3.11
0.41
1987
 
1,023,374
213.2
4.36
0.42
1988
 
1,075,023
224.0
5.05
0.44
1989
 
1,137,382
237.0
5.80
0.46
1990
 
1,220,695
254.3
7.32
0.49
1991
 
1,296,171
270.0
6.18
0.51
1992
 
1,351,367
281.5
4.26
0.53
1993
 
1,411,215
294.0
4.43
0.54
1994
 
1,499,298
312.4
6.24
0.57
1995
 
1,581,578
329.5
5.49
0.59
1996
 
1,666,320
347.2
5.36
0.62
1997
 
1,764,104
367.5
5.87
0.65
1998
 
1,853,191
386.1
5.05
0.67
1999
 
1,934,718
403.1
4.40
0.69
2000
 
2,018,741
420.6
4.34
0.72
2001
 
2,098,399
437.2
3.95
0.74
2002
 
2,173,791
452.9
3.59
0.76
2003
 
2,248,850
468.5
3.45
0.78
2004
 
2,346,222
488.8
4.33
0.80
2005
 
2,432,143
506.7
3.66
0.82
2006
 
2,522,658
525.6
3.72
0.85
2007
 
2,601,072
541.9
3.11
0.86
2008
 
2,653,630
552.8
2.02
0.87
2009
 
2,684,665
559.3
1.17
0.88
2010
 
2,703,284
563.2
0.69
0.87
2011
 
2,718,379
566.3
0.56
0.87
2012
 
2,752,565
573.5
1.26
0.88
2013
 
2,786,464
580.5
1.23
0.88
2014
 
2,833,013
590.2
1.67
0.89
2015
 
2,883,758
600.8
1.79
0.90
2016
 
2,940,058
612.5
1.95
0.91
Source: Calculations by the Nevada Regional Economic Analysis Project (NV-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2017
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PSN
 
   
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United States:
Population, 1969-2016
 
1969
 
201,298,000
100.0
N
1970
 
203,798,722
101.2
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
102.7
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
104.0
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
105.0
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
106.0
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
107.0
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
108.1
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
109.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
110.3
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
111.6
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
112.9
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
114.0
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
115.1
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
116.1
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
117.2
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
118.2
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
119.3
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
120.4
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
121.5
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
122.6
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
124.0
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
125.7
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
127.4
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
129.1
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
130.7
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
132.3
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
133.8
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
135.4
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
137.0
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
138.6
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
140.2
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
141.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
142.9
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
144.1
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
145.5
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
146.8
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
148.2
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
149.6
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
151.1
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
152.4
0.88
2010
 
309,348,193
153.7
0.84
2011
 
311,663,358
154.8
0.75
2012
 
313,998,379
156.0
0.75
2013
 
316,204,908
157.1
0.70
2014
 
318,563,456
158.3
0.75
2015
 
320,896,618
159.4
0.73
2016
 
323,127,513
160.5
0.70
Source: Calculations by the Nevada Regional Economic Analysis Project (NV-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2017
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PN
 
   
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