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New Richmond Public Works employee Ross Fellinger attaches a metal plate depicting the city’s newest population total to a sign at the city limits on Highway 65 near the New Richmond Regional Airport on Tuesday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Micheal Foley)
New Richmond Public Works employee Ross Fellinger attaches a metal plate depicting the city’s newest population total to a sign at the city limits on Highway 65 near the New Richmond Regional Airport on Tuesday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

New Richmond population tops 8,600

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New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Signs at the New Richmond city limits will soon be updated with a new population figure.

On Aug. 10, the Wisconsin Department of Administration released its annual population estimates for every municipality in the state. This year’s New Richmond’s number is now 8,616, up from 8,533 last year, a total of 83 additional people.

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The Department of Administration population estimates are technically from Jan. 1, 2014, and City Administrator Mike Darrow suspects that the city has grown a bit more since then.

“It’s steadily moving up,” Darrow said. “That steady increase is allowing us to do good planning. I don’t think any of us were surprised by the number. I think we’ve continued to have good numbers when it comes to new building permits.”

This year New Richmond breaks the 8,600 mark for the first time in its history. It broke the 8,500 mark last year with an increase of 138 residents. The community first breached the 8,000 mark in 2009 and 7,000 in 2004.

Looking forward, Darrow expects further growth.

“I think population is going to continue to go up,” Darrow said. “Obviously with the new (St. Croix Crossing) bridge. We’re seeing an uptick in some commercial development now. I think by and large, some of the other communities are seeing some of the same population projections in St. Croix County. We anticipate that steady increase is going to continue.”

New Richmond’s growth is parallel to St. Croix County growth as a whole. The county gained 486 people this year, from 85,249 to 85,735. The City of New Richmond alone accounted for 17.1 percent of that growth. Nearly 55 percent of the county’s increase took place in the Hudson area where the City of Hudson gained 139 residents, the Town of Troy gained 88 residents and the Town of Hudson gained 48 residents.

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NR growth

Year: Population

1997: 5,874

1998: 5,985

1999: no data

2000: 6,310

2001: 6,399

2002: 6,654

2003: 6,952

2004: 7,244

2005: 7,469

2006: no data

2007: 7,899

2008: 7,981

2009: 8,003

2010: 8,375

2011: 8,389

2012: 8,395

2013: 8,533

2014: 8,616

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Area population changes

Municipality: 2013, 2014, Change

City of New Richmond, 8,533, 8,616, +83

Town of Richmond: 3,339, 3,375, +36

Town of Somerset: 4,077, 4,103, +26

Town of St. Joseph: 3,851, 3,863, +12

Town of Hammond: 2,136, 2,141, +5

Village of Somerset: 2,642, 2,646, +4

Town of Star Prairie: 3,518, 3,522, +4

Town of Warren: 1,603, 1,605, +2

Village of Deer Park: 212, 211, -1

Town of Cylon: 683, 682, -1

Town of Erin Prairie: 682, 681, -1

Village of Hammond: 1,914, 1,911, -3

Town of Stanton: 895, 892, -3

Village of Star Prairie: 556, 550, -6

Village of Roberts: 1,644, 1,636, -8

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