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Rural counties across E. Texas dealing with population decease

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HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Various counties across the U.S. are fading, aging populations and weak local economies are prompting young adults find jobs somewhere else.

 "Intuitively I see that we've losing young people to larger cities, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio," said Erin ford, Houston County Judge.

According to the Associated Press more than one in three U.S. counties are dying off.

In East Texas 10 counties have seen a decrease in their populations since 2010, the Houston County population has decreased by 2.4 percent.

 "We've seen a shift from the economic benefit of being in a county to people seeking jobs to support their families," said Ford.

Sabine and Trinity counties have also seen a decrease in their population.

Trinity County Judge Steven Page says there aren't a lot of job opportunities in Trinity County and most residents commute for work.

 "Economic development in the county is the backbone of the county, keeps the county going," said Page.

Houston County Judge Erin Ford says the county's economy is agriculturally based and says many businesses over look the advantages of a rural environment

 "Free market industry, enterprise in the county so that we can draw young people back," said Ford.

According to the 2012 Census, the U.S. has encountered its slowest growth levels since the Great Depression

But rural counties are depending on parks, lakes and recreation areas to maintain a stable population.

According to the 2012 Census Sabine County has seen a 3.7 percent decrease in population, the largest in East Texas.

Since 2010 Angelina and Nacogdoches counties have seen an increase in their populations.

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