The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that Dawson County’s population dropped by almost 300 people between mid-2016 and 2017.
    Those estimates put the county’s total population on July 1, 2017 at 12,813, down from an estimate of 13,111 on the same date in 2016.
    Both figures are below the official U.S. Census count of 13,833 people living in Dawson County in 2010.  
    That 2010 figure provides the base for developing the annual estimates with input on births, deaths and migration in and out of the county.
    While Dawson County’s estimated population has dropped by more than 7 percent since 2010, Census figures show all but one of the neighboring counties has seen an increase in population during that same period.
    Lynn County’s population has dropped by less than 1 percent since 2010, according to the Census estimates, while population gains for other surrounding counties range from 2.9 percent in Howard County up to 19.9 percent in Andrews County.
    The population estimates are used for such things as allocation of federal funds.