Mineral County vs. Nevada
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2021
Introduction
Mineral County vs. Nevada
Mineral County:
2021 Population = 4,586
2021 Percent of State = 0.1%
Nevada:
2021 Population = 3,143,991
2021 Percent of U.S. = 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 Mineral County with comparisons to Nevada and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Mineral County vs. Nevada's population growth over 1969-2021. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Population, 1969-2021
Population, 1969-2021
Figure 1.
Figure 1 traces Mineral County's annual population for the period 1969-2021 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 53-year period, Mineral County's population dropped from 7,150 in 1969 to 4,586 in 2021, for a net loss of -2,564, or -35.9%.
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.
Population, 1969-2021
Population, 1969-2021
Figure 2.
Figure 2 traces Nevada's annual population for the period 1969-2021 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 53-year period, Nevada's population rose from 480,000 in 1969 to 3,143,991 in 2021, for a net gain of 2,663,991, or 555.0%.
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.
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2021
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2021
Figure 3.
Figure 3 shows Mineral 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.
Mineral County's overall population growth was -35.9% over 1969-2021 trailed Nevada's increase of 555.0%, and fell below the United States' increase of 64.9%.
Population as a Percent of the Nevada Total: 1969-2021
Population as a Percent of the Nevada Total: 1969-2021
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of comparing the population growth of Mineral 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, Mineral County's population comprised 1.49% of Nevada's population, while in 2021 it comprised 0.15% thereby yielding a -1.34% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2021 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2021
vs.
1969
-1.34%
=
0.15%
-
1.49%
 
   
Mineral County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2021
Mineral County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2021
Figure 5.
Figure 5 highlights the short-run pattern of Mineral County's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2021. The average annual percent change for the entire 52-year period is also traced 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, Mineral County's population contracted at an annual rate of -0.82% over 1970-2021. The county posted its highest growth in 1972 (4.49%) and posted its lowest growth in 1977 (-7.30%). In 2021, Mineral County's population grew by 0.72%
Mineral County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2021
Mineral County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2021
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again traces the annual percent change in Mineral County's population since 1970, but this time they are overlayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020-2021.
During the 1970s, Mineral County's annual population growth rate averaged -1.49%. It averaged 0.69% throughout the 1980s, -2.12% during the 1990s, -0.98% in the 2000s, -0.46% in the 2010s, 0.43% thus far this decade (2020-2021).
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 Mineral County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Nevada and the nation. As the chart reveals, Mineral County's average annual population growth fell below Nevada's average in the 1970s (-1.49% vs. 4.78%), trailed Nevada's average in the 1980s (0.69% vs. 4.05%), recorded under Nevada's average in the 1990s (-2.12% vs. 5.46%), fell below Nevada's average throughout the 2000s (-0.98% vs. 3.33%), recorded under Nevada's average throughout the 2010s (-0.46% vs. 1.35%), and posted below Nevada's average over the 2 year period of the current decade, 2020-2021 (0.43% vs. 1.22%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Mineral County posted below the nation over the 1970s (-1.49% vs. 1.10%), fell under the nation over the 1980s (0.69% vs. 0.95%), posted below the nation in the 1990s (-2.12% vs. 1.23%), trailed the nation during the 2000s (-0.98% vs. 0.95%), recorded underneath the nation in the 2010s (-0.46% vs. 0.74%), and outpaced the nation over 2020-2021 (0.43% vs. 0.25%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
-0.82
-1.49
0.69
-2.12
-0.98
-0.46
0.43
0.72
 
3.70
4.78
4.05
5.46
3.33
1.35
1.22
0.96
 
0.97
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.74
0.25
0.12
 
   

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Mineral County:
Population, 1969-2021
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 2022
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PSN
 
   

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Nevada:
Population, 1969-2021
 
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
 
2,701,967
562.9
0.64
0.87
2011
 
2,710,520
564.7
0.32
0.87
2012
 
2,739,941
570.8
1.09
0.87
2013
 
2,770,049
577.1
1.10
0.87
2014
 
2,809,771
585.4
1.43
0.88
2015
 
2,857,017
595.2
1.68
0.89
2016
 
2,905,604
605.3
1.70
0.90
2017
 
2,955,631
615.8
1.72
0.90
2018
 
3,011,627
627.4
1.89
0.92
2019
 
3,068,943
639.4
1.90
0.93
2020
 
3,114,071
648.8
1.47
0.94
2021
 
3,143,991
655.0
0.96
0.95
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 2022
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United States:
Population, 1969-2021
 
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
 
309,378,433
153.7
0.85
2011
 
311,841,632
154.9
0.80
2012
 
314,344,331
156.2
0.80
2013
 
316,735,375
157.3
0.76
2014
 
319,270,047
158.6
0.80
2015
 
321,829,327
159.9
0.80
2016
 
324,367,742
161.1
0.79
2017
 
326,623,063
162.3
0.70
2018
 
328,542,157
163.2
0.59
2019
 
330,233,102
164.1
0.51
2020
 
331,501,080
164.7
0.38
2021
 
331,893,745
164.9
0.12
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 2022
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PN
 
   
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