The U.S. Census Bureau has some encouraging news for Baltimore.
After 60 years of decline, the population here grew by 1,100 residents in 12 months, according to data released on Thursday.
Baltimore’s total population now stands at just over 621,000 residents as of July 1, 2012. Back in 1950, the population here in Charm City was close to one million.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has publicly stated that she would like to enact programs that would likely draw more residents, including lowering city property tax rate – the highest in the state.
Rawlings-Blake said the new figures were “certainly a step in the right direction.”
The new data represents the second census estimate since the mayor announced at her December 2011 inauguration that one of her primary goals was to increase Baltimore City’s population by 10,000 within ten years.
The previous census figures showed a decrease in the city’s population.