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Palmerston North grew steadily until 1981, then more slowly until the 2000s. Feilding became more important than Foxton early on, but was overtaken by Levin in 1961. In recent decades all three towns have had static or declining populations, because of an economic downturn and the attraction of larger centres.
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Source: New Zealand Yearbook and Statistics New Zealand