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Dayton population steady

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DAYTON, Wash.—After years of a shrinking population in the small town of Dayton, the yare finally seeing stability.

A city representative says before 1990 their population was declining because of changes in agriculture, which was their main source of employment.  City officials decided they needed to attract neighbors, so they revitalized their downtown and diversified the economy.

They've seen about a 1% increase, but a city representative says she has some concerns about the future.

"I do although we do have to work hard at it, because of our aging population, we don't have a birth rate that replaces people, so we do have to count on people moving here," says Jennie Dickinson, Port of Columbia Manager.

About 2,500 people live in Dayton.  Neighbors say they see a steady flow of people coming and going.