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Published 9:01am Monday, May 26, 2014

Every municipality in Elmore County continues to see at least some population growth, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The calculations cover a period from April 2010 through July 1, 2013.

Wetumpka has added 729 residents, growing from 6,662 to 7,391 – an 11.2 percent increase. Millbrook’s population grew from 14,637 to 15,112 – an additional 475 people or 3.2 percent.

“We’re continuing to grow and that’s a good thing,” said Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis. “We want to grow correctly because our growth brings with it the need to provide additional services and programs.

“We’re excited about everything we have going on, for instance downtown revitalization. And we’re also excited that people want to come to Wetumpka and be part of what we have. Our city is one of the nicest in the state.”

Willis said he believes current residents and council members are responsible for encouraging growth.

“I appreciate the council members and citizens for their efforts on behalf of the city,” he said. “As long as we all keep working together we will continue to make progress.”

Estimated growth in other Elmore County communities was: Coosada, from 1,224 to 1,232; Deatsville, from 1,154 to 1,161; Eclectic, from 1,001 to 1,007; Elmore, from 1,270 to 1,278; and Tallassee, from 4,818 to 4,831.

Countywide, the Census estimates population growth in the three-year period at 2 percent, increasing from 79,296 to 80,902.

Census Bureau statistics showed all of the 15 fastest-growing municipalities by percentage in the United States between 2012 and 2013 are located in the South and West – seven of those in Texas.

Texas also produced five of the top 10 cities in the country in terms of the size of population growth.

In numeric growth, the South and West also dominated with 13 of the 15 cities adding the most people between 2012 and 2013.

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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