(KTVI) - St. Louis city's population has been dropping for more than a decade, but according to the most recent census, the losses are slowing.
The Census numbers are in and St. Louis city leaders say things are turning around, especially when you consider the city's recent history.
From 2000 to 2010 the city was losing 2,900 resident per year. but in 2010, the numbers took a dramatic shift in the right direction. Right now, St. Louis is only losing about 300 residents per year.
Birth rates and death rates factor into the population. The birth rate is growing faster than the death rate and that's playing a role into the numbers. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mayor Slay's office says the numbers are nothing to say "woe is me" or "hip hip hooray" about, but they are going in the right direction.
Despite the loss in the city, surrounding counties are growing, except for Madison and St. Clair in Illinois.