Mason’s population is growing and changing

By Amanda Cowherd
Mason Times staff writer
Mason’s population increased almost 23 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the census, and growth continues. By 2020, there will be 10,000 people living in Mason, compared to the 8,252 recorded in the last census, predicted Chamber of Commerce Director Douglas Klein. Klein said that Dart Container Corporation’s acquisition of Solo Cup Company in 2012 has brought the largest influx of residents—especially to the western part of Mason. Dart built a large warehouse in the past six months and will finish building a new administration building by the end of the summer. Klein said Dart hired 300 employees for its Mason facilities.

U.P.'s yo-yoing population puzzles pros

Capital News Service
LANSING – A curious, century-old population trend in the Upper Peninsula shows a yo-yoing cycle of growth and decline every 20 years. The U.P. grew slightly in the 1910s, 1930s, 1950s, 1970s, 1990s and, just like Old Faithful, is growing early in the 2010s, according to data from the U.S. Census. It declined slightly in the other decades, including a loss of 2 percent from 2000 to 2010. Projections by economist George Fulton of the University of Michigan suggest that the pattern will continue with a 3.3 percent jump this decade. The reasons for such a trend are speculative, but Yoopers can hazard a guess.