To the Newton Independent:
It is interesting when you look at trends in population. In 1960, there were 58 counties in Iowa with a population of under 20,000 for a total of 814,718. The top three had a total of 525,696. Then you look at 2010. There were 64 with less than 20,000 for a total of 765,586 and the top three had 807,090.
Over that 50-year period, the total population of counties in Iowa with less than 20,000 has ent from 29.55 percent of the state total to 25.13 percent, while also going from 58 to 64 counties. When you look at the top three counties, they have went from 19.16 percent to 26.49 percent of the total state population.
Jasper County has went down from 1.28 percent to 1.21 percent of the state total over those 50 years while gaining a modest 4.42 percent in population, dropping from the 17th largest to the 18th.
This tells me you need jobs to increase population. The counties with good jobs have much larger population increases, just as Newton did in the 1950s.