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4/17/2017 9:51:00 AM
Dodgeville City Council reviews pre-comprehensive plan data
Brooke Bechen
Reporter/News and Features

The Dodgeville Common Council met Wednesday night, April 5, to review data collected by Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SWWRPC) ahead of their completion of the city's comprehensive plan, estimated to be ready by 2018. Phyllis Fritsch, the city's part time economic development specialist, presented the data, and called the document "a work in progress."
The first area of data Fritsch reviewed with the council was general data, including population projections and city demographics.
"According to the Census Bureau, they think the city will continue to grow," Fritsch said.
U.S. Census Bureau information from 2014 had the population of the City of Dodgeville at just under 5,000, with a prediction for the city to grow to encompass 5,500 in 2040. According to the statistics gathered by the bureau, Iowa County could reach a population of over 25,000 by 2040.
"This is important to keep in mind with economic development," Fritsch said.
Data from 2014 also indicated there are slightly more females than males that live in the city, although it has remained evenly divided since 1990.
Fritsch highlighted two graphs next, one which showed the ages of City of Dodgeville residents from 1990-2000 and another from 2010-2014. The number of residents under the age of five has decreased significantly from 2010-2014, Fritsch said. Those young residents will be getting older as the city ages, something to keep an eye on.
Fritsch also wanted to point out the number of residents in the 20-24 age range, as some of those residents are likely college students who are not living in the city but their parent's home address remains their permanent address.
Another important age group to note were those in the 25-55 age range. Residents that fall into this demographic are likely to be the area's entrepreneurs and to start small businesses in the community, which is another important aspect of economic development, Fritsch said....
See the rest of the story in the April 13 Chronicle issue.

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