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June 25, 2010

written by Peggy Blackburn of The Wetumpka Herald

The populations of Elmore County’s seven incorporated municipalities continue to grow steadily, according to estimates released Tuesday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau. The calculations cover the period from April 2000 through July 1, 2009.

Wetumpka has added 1,999 residents, growing from 5,808 to 7,807 ��“ a 34.4 percent increase. Millbrook remains the fastest-growing city in the county and one of the fastest-growing in Alabama with a 51.8 percent increase from 11,145 to 16,918 -- an addition of 5,773 people in the 9-year period.

Estimated growth in other Elmore County communities was: Coosada, 19.3 percent, from 1,417 to 1,690; Eclectic, 12.5 percent, from 1,033 to 1,162; Elmore, 12.4 percent, from 684 to 769; Deatsville, 12.4 percent, from 338 to 380; and Tallassee, 6.4 percent, from 4,929 to 5,244.

“I think this is about where we presumed we would be,” said Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis. “To have 34.4 percent growth since 2000 is great for us.

“We are eager to see the results of the 2010 Census and to get our true numbers,” he said. “Then we will know exactly how those figures will affect different things we’re planning. I anticipate we’ll go well over 8,000 with the 2010 Census. It will be quite interesting.”

As a whole, Elmore County is the fourth fastest-growing in the state with a 20.3 percent gain in population from 2000 to 2009. Census figures estimate that the number of residents grew from 65,874 to 79,233 in that time.

The number of residents also continues to climb in neighboring Prattville, growing by 26 percent, from 25,982 to 32,728. The City of Montgomery saw only a .2 percent increase, with the addition of 305 more people -- increasing from 201,819 to 202,124.

Municipal population figures do not include residents who live in the police jurisdictions of those cities and towns.

According to the Census Bureau, this year’s estimates will be the last which will use 2000 Census results as a base. State counts from the 2010 Census will be released in December. Counts for counties, place and smaller geographic areas are scheduled for release by April 1, 2011.

“Census numbers govern the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds each year and serve as the baseline for future post-census population estimates,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. “Local governments use census data to plan new roads, schools and emergency services. Businesses use the data to develop new economic opportunities.”