County, town adding residents

Published 6:11pm Saturday, June 1, 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.
The town of Eclectic added a slim 11 new residents, increasing its population from 1,001 to 1,012. The town was overtaken in population by Coosada and Elmore in the 2010 Census, and now has the county’s smallest municipal population.
Even a little growth, Mayor Michael Holton said, is “awesome.”
“I hope that doubles or triples over the coming years,” he said. “I hope we become the small town where everyone wants to live, and we once again become the thriving town we were in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.”
Holton and town council members have also been pondering population growth by other means, with annexation plans taking shape. There are a number of properties half-in and half-out of Eclectic, due to the “octopus” shaped town limits drawn around Alabama Highway 63.
Councilman Gary Davenport, who also chair the planning commission, also suggested an annexation plan to stretch Eclectic closer to Claud on Alabama Highway 14 and Kent, on Chana Creek Road. A goal, he said, is to make sure such areas aren’t annexed by other cities, especially Tallassee or Wetumpka.
Wetumpka 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; Elmore, from 1,272 to 1,285; and Tallassee, from 4,819 to 4,829. The once tiny towns of Elmore, Deatsville and Coosada have benefitted from two decades of rapid growth in the Interstate 65 corridor in Millbrook and eastern Prattville.
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.
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.

– David Goodwin contributed to this report.

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