Rural counties throughout the state have lost population since 2010, and Winneshiek County is no exception.

Winneshiek County’s population decreased 62 people, from 21,056 in 2010 to 20,994 in 2013, a decrease of .29 percent. That’s second smallest percentage decrease of the six counties in Northeast Iowa.

New population estimates were released by the U.S. Census Bureau Wednesday.

Howard County’s population decreased the least of the Northeast Iowa counties --  .42 percent, 40 people. Its population in 2010 was 9,566, compared to 9,526 in 2013. 

Chickasaw County had the third smallest decrease, .95 percent. Its population was 12,439 in 2010, compared to 12,321 in 2013, a loss of 118.

Decreases for the other three counties were:

• Allamakee, 1.12 percent, a decrease from 14,330 in 2010 to 14,169 in 2013 (161 people)

•  Fayette, 1.81 percent, a decrease from 20,880 in 2010 to 20,502 in 2013 (378 people) 

• Clayton, 1.96, a decrease from 18,129 in 2010 to 17,773 in 2013 (356 people)

Eight of Iowa’s nine metropolitan areas experienced increases in population. Dallas County, which includes the Des Moines suburb of West Des Moines, had the highest population growth, 12.86 percent.