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Blog 08/31/2021

Wisconsin Deaths Exceeded Births in 2020

Two years ago, Forward Analytics published a study on Wisconsin’s falling fertility rates. In that report, we concluded:“… should Wisconsin’s “birth dearth” continue, the state could experience an unprecedented situation in which the number of deaths exceeds births; i.e., a natural decrease in population.” Using historic birth and fertility rates and the number of deaths in the state,…

Blog 08/03/2021

Residential Property Values Soar

Much has been written about the housing boom over the past year. Homes are selling shortly after coming on the market often for well above asking price. New property value data from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) confirm and quantify 2020’s real estate boom. Statewide, the estimated value of all residential property rose 7.9% in 2020, up from an…

Blog 01/28/2021

County Sales Taxes Surprise

Counties faced many challenges in 2020, most related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, most counties received a bit of good news in December when their final sales tax payment from the state arrived. In a year of economic upheaval, 62 counties saw their 2020 sales tax revenues increase from 2019. In 2020, 68 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties imposed the optional…

Blog 04/18/2019

New Population Estimates Show Promise

Recently released population estimates show signs that Wisconsin’s migration challenge might be turning. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 7,040 more people moved to the state in 2018 than left it. This comes on the heels of a positive net in-migration of 4,165 in 2017. These numbers are confirmed by IRS figures which also show a small positive shift in…

Blog 02/13/2019

Welcome to Forward Analytics

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines forward as “of, relating to, or getting ready for the future,” and analytics as “the method of logical analysis.” Thus, we can infer that forward analytics means “getting ready for the future using logical analysis.” But Forward Analytics, the new research arm of the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA), aims to be much more than that. On…