Vermont Population Decline

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Census figures show that for the first time in almost three-quarters of a century Vermont lost population last year, a drop caused by more people leaving the state than moving in.

Even though last year's population decline was small, just under 600, it's part of a broader trend that has seen the state's population growth rate hover just above zero for several years.

University of Vermont Economist Art Woolf says it was the first time since 1944 the state lost population.