Could it be that the tide has finally been stemmed? Reversed even? After watching our population dwindle, decade after decade since the 1950s, the U.S. Census reports that Baltimore City grew by more than 1,000 residents in the year leading up to July 1, 2012.
The Census estimated Baltimore’s population at 620,216 as of July 2011 and, as of July 2012 — 621,342 — a net gain of 1,126 Baltimoreans.
Baltimore County has grown as well, according to the newly released Census data, adding slightly more than 5,000 residents for a total population of 817,455. Anne Arundel, Howard and Harford counties also have seen population increases. Carroll County's population fell by less than than 100, according to the survey.
The Maryland county-by-county data can be found here.
From July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012, Baltimore saw a net "natural increase" of 2,281 births over deaths. During that time period, a net of just more than 3,000 people also left the city, according to the Census, but that number was offset, for the most part, by nearly 2,000 new immigrants.
More information on the components of the state's populaton changes, county-by-county, can be found here.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake previously announced a goal of attracting 10,000 new familes to Baltimore in the next decade.
It's a start.