Two Crossroads counties tally more deaths than births

The percentage of Crossroads' counties that are dying off - experiencing more deaths than births - is greater than the notable national average.

During the last decade, 25 percent of U.S. counties, especially those that are rural, experienced more deaths than births.

In the Crossroads, meanwhile, 29 percent of counties - or two in seven - experienced what demographers call a "natural decrease" in population.

DeWitt and Lavaca counties experienced a net deficit of 144 and 243 residents, respectively, to this so-called natural decrease.

Calhoun, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio and Victoria counties all experienced a natural increase - or more births than deaths.

Victoria County experienced the greatest natural increase with 6,046, a number tallied by subtracting 6,659 deaths from 12,705 births.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau. This data reflects estimates of resident population change from April 2000 to July 2009.