County’s towns still growing

Published 7:42pm Saturday, May 25, 2013

Every municipality in Elmore County continues to see population growth, according to estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. The calculations cover a period from April 2010 through July 1, 2012.
Wetumpka has added 438 residents, growing from 6,665 to 7,103 – a 6.57 percent increase. Millbrook’s population grew from 14,637 to 14,952 – an additional 315 people or 2.15 percent.
Estimated growth in other Elmore County communities was: Coosada, from 1,224 to 1,232; Deatsville, from 1,154 to 1,166; Eclectic, from 1,001 to 1,012; Elmore, from 1,272 to 1,285; and Tallassee, from 4,819 to 4,829.
Countywide, the Census estimates population growth in the two-year period at 1.68 percent, increasing from 79,296 to 80,629.
Numbers also continue to rise in neighboring Autauga County, which shows a 1.73 percent bump from 54,571 people to 55,514.
Conversely, Coosa County’s estimated population is down 5 percent or 578 residents, dropping from 11,544 to 10,966. Tallapoosa County also showed a decrease, losing 450 people (1.08 percent), dipping from 41,618 to 41,168.
Census Bureau statistics showed eight of the 15 fastest-growing municipalities by percentage in the United States are located in Texas. The state also produced five of the top 10 cities in the country in terms of the size of population growth.
Municipal population figures do not include residents who live in the police jurisdictions of those cities and towns.
These projections are produced using housing unit estimates to distribute the county population to subcounty areas within the county.
Housing unit estimates use building permits, estimates of construction where no building permits are reported, mobile home shipments and estimates of housing unit loss to update housing unit change since Census 2010.

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