Columbia County outpaces state in population gains

Georgia's final 2010 Census figures due out next week

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The 2010 Census figures for Georgia aren't out yet, but a sneak preview suggests Columbia County will once again be the area's big winner for population growth.

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The new Riverwood Plantation neighborhood in Evans is among new developments serving the growing population of Columbia County.   Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
The new Riverwood Plantation neighborhood in Evans is among new developments serving the growing population of Columbia County.

An American Community Survey annual estimate shows Columbia County's population grew by 28 percent between 2000 and 2010, from 89,288 to 115,010.

That outpaced the state's estimated growth rate, which was 21 percent, and the nation's, which was 10 percent. Growth for the Central Savannah River Area as a whole stood at 5 percent.

Columbia County's reputation as a safe community with good schools has made it an attractive home for employees from many of the area's top companies, Deputy Administrator Scott Johnson said.

"We try to create a quality of life here," Johnson said. "There are opportunities to shop and eat. We're close to both the lake and urban areas, so people see it as a place where they can enjoy the best of both worlds."

In Richmond County, the population continued its rebound from a mid-decade low of 195,654. The population was 199,775 in 2000 and returned to 200,590 in 2010, the estimate showed. Data through 2009 suggest Richmond County's five-year growth was not caused by migration into the county, but by births outnumbering deaths.

Georgia 2010 census figures are scheduled for release next week.

In Aiken County, the estimated growth rate was 10 percent for the decade, a high for the surrounding area, but below South Carolina's 14 percent overall. The state's largest gains were seen along the coast.

County Administrator Clay Killian said Aiken continues to be a community that draws outsiders, especially retirees.

"It's an attractive place to live. Our finances are stable. Our quality of life is good and our taxes are low," he said.

Doug Reese, a Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Co. sales manager, said steady stable jobs from Fort Gordon, Plant Vogtle and the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics have insulated the area from many of the housing woes experienced around the rest of the country.

"We're fortunate in that new houses have been selling exceptionally well," Reese said. "We're seeing an average wait of four to five months to sell a new home. That's unheard of in this time."

Population changes across the area
How population changed, according to an American Community Survey annual estimate:

2000 / 2010 / change

United States
281,421,906 / 309,050,816 / 9.82%
Georgia

8,186,453 / 9,884,534 / 20.74%
South Carolina

4,012,012  / 4,586,078 / 14.31%

Augusta-area counties

2000 / 2010 / change

Burke County
22,243 / 23,030 / 3.54%
Columbia County
89,288 / 115,010 / 28.81%
Glascock County
2,556 / 2,790 / 9.15%
Jefferson County
17,266 / 16,335 / -5.39%
Jenkins County
8,575 / 8,482 / -1.14%
Lincoln County
8,348 / 7,804 / -6.52%
McDuffie County
21,231 / 21,916 / 3.23%
Richmond County
199,775 / 200,590 / 0.41%
Screven County
15,374 / 14,846 / -3.43%
Taliaferro County
2,077 / 1,713 / -17.53%
Warren County
6,336 / 5,666 / -10.57%
Wilkes County
10,687 / 10,207 / -4.49%
Aiken County
142,552 / 157,541 / 10.51%
Allendale County
11,211 / 9,928 / -11.44%
Bamberg County
16,658 / 14,893 / -10.6%
Barnwell County
23,478 / 22,787 / -2.94%
Edgefield County
24,595 / 25,651 / 4.29%
Hampton County
21,386 / 20,915 / -2.20%
McCormick County
9,958 / 10,111 / 1.54%
Saluda County
19,181 / 19,218 / 0.19%
Total
672,775 / 709,433 / 5.45%

To see preliminary estimates of the total population for Georgia's 159 counties for April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2010, go to www.census.gov/popest/counties/tables/CO-PEST2010-totals.csv

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bclicious
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bclicious 03/11/11 - 06:56 am
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I do not mean to be rude, but

I do not mean to be rude, but this is not necessarily good news. On one side of the argument, people could say that this is a good thing because it shows that people are coming to columbia county because it is a great place to live with many resources and opportunities (I wouldn't really disagree with that). On the other side of the argument, I would say it is a bad thing because people cost money. More people equals more crime, more use of schools and other public resources, and etc.

So in the contest of seeing which county in Georgia can have the highest growth rate, Columbia Country may have seemed to win, but I'm not sure how it benefits Columbia County in any way.

In other words, where is the prize? Perhaps higher taxes will be our prize!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/11 - 07:55 am
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Yep...you are right...more

Yep...you are right...more schools needed-more roads--more water--more police--that equals MORE TAX
So let me mosey on down the road & check ole Mcduffie county....
PROGRESS...ya gotta love it!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/11 - 08:13 am
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Although I lament the loss of

Although I lament the loss of the quaintness of Columbia County, more people living in more houses mean more people paying taxes. Plus, it means our home values are increasing due to demand of all the people moving in. It's hard to keep a good thing secret.

On the other hand, Richmond County is not attracting new residents. It is staying about the same due to more babies. The demographics are changing. Yeah, buddy.

Deke has been the city's leader long enough to have made some changes and it hasn't happened. We can debate all day, but the numbers don't lie.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/11 - 08:18 am
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River...I've been pricing

River...I've been pricing your Col cty houses & they are already too dimmm high LOL---I can agree it is a great area....traffic is getting stinky though.
Good am toya!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/11 - 09:00 am
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GOB's home county is

GOB's home county is Taliaferro county....total population is 1,713...they have lost -17.53%.....sorta like a Mayberry, Andy Griffeth type of town in the ole days...I always thought it was just too small & boring...just not enough action there..but now with the world chaos & problems ...I'm looking at it with different eyes....sometimes our hearts & minds need a calmer..quiet...slower way of life.
Sometimes we need a rest.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/11 - 09:03 am
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SeenitB4, I was looking at

SeenitB4, I was looking at the population of those small counties, too. Funny. I bet almost everyone there works for the county.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/11 - 09:13 am
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Some did river...but most are

Some did river...but most are older & retired....timber land owners..farmers....etc. with satellite tv-internet.....just don't have the drive throughs....atms...Home Depots..drug store on every corner....& of course they don't have the crime either!!
There are still places you can go to bed & not lock your door...believe it or not!

countyman
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countyman 03/11/11 - 12:37 pm
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You can definitely use stats

You can definitely use stats to fit any agenda... I find it strange the Chronicle points out a five year growth rate for RC up to 2009... The years from 2004/2005 to the 2008/2009 census.... But doesn't mentioned the year from July 2009 to July 2010 when the article is about the upcoming 2010 census....

Deke Copenhaver became the mayor December 12th, 2005 and several new people have moved to Richmond County since 2006.... Developers aren't clearing land for a 25 acre shopping center on Jimmie Dyess and have plans for a future mix-use development for no reason...

2006-2009 population
Aiken: 151,800-156,017
Richmond: 194,398-199,768
Columbia: 106,887-112,958

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/11 - 11:40 am
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Countyman, so your premise is

Countyman, so your premise is that although Richmond County's population dropped the first half of the decade it came back the last part to almost where it was in 1990. That's a good point. Things are looking a little better these past 5-6 years. It's also good that the birth rate went up to help the population.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/11/11 - 11:46 am
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The most reliable indicator:

The most reliable indicator: People voting with their feet.
I love CC.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/11 - 11:49 am
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I do wonder how many RC folks

I do wonder how many RC folks went to CCty....

countyman
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countyman 03/11/11 - 12:05 pm
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Riverman.... Except the 2010

Riverman.... Except the 2010 population of Richmond County(200,590) is much higher than the 1990 population(189,719)....

And every county had births to help increase their populations growth....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/11 - 12:05 pm
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I thought it says the 2000

I thought it says the 2000 population was 199,775?

countyman
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countyman 03/11/11 - 12:10 pm
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The 2000 population was

The 2000 population was 199,775 and it's lower than the estimated 200,590 in 2010......

Damon Cline
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Damon Cline 03/11/11 - 12:32 pm
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Agree that this is not

Agree that this is not necessarily good news. Look at demographics of new residents. Many are lower income residents moving into older (cheaper) housing stock, apartments, duplexes and townhome neighborhoods. The things that have made Columbia County, as a whole, desirable during the past 20 years will likely not be there 20 years from now.

Chillen
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Chillen 03/11/11 - 12:43 pm
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I just wish the value of my

I just wish the value of my home was rising along with the population. It's worth about 20-30% less now than it was 3 years ago. (at least my property taxes have declined)

New homes are being built by the swells of illegal aliens who have invaded Columbia County so these new, cheaper homes are flooding the market. That along with a crappy economy are causing existing home prices drop like a rock. Go visit any CC neighborhood under construction - you'd better bring a translator if you don't speak English.

Where is the sheriff? I'll bet there's not one green card for every 1000 workers.

countyman
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countyman 03/11/11 - 04:50 pm
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I clicked on the American

I clicked on the American Community Survey link provided in the article.. The populations the chronicle provides for each county seems to be under the letter T... The populations under the letter T are the estimates as of April 2010.... The populations under the letter U are the July 2010 populations...

Atlanta has too many counties to list so I stopped after five... I included the MSA and CSA counties for Columbus, Macon, and Savannah.. Fulton, Richmond, Chatham, Bibb, Clarke, and Muscogee are the primary counties in each city....

1. Atlanta July 2009/July 2010
Fulton 1,031,813/1,054,582= 22,769
Gwinnett 807,364/820,869= 13,505
Cobb 712,194/719,617= 7,423
Dekalb 748,454/752,361= 3,907
Clayton 275,467/276,322= 855

2. Augusta
Richmond 198,509/201,379= 2,870
Columbia 112,876/115,735= 2,859
Aiken 156,129/158,003= 1,874
Burke 22,871/23,085= 214
Mcduffie 21,899/21,924= 25
Edgefield 25,787/25,611= -176

3. Savannah
Chatham 256,980/260,147= 3,167
Effingham 53,492/54,190= 698
Bryan 32,370/32,986= 616
Long 11,999/12,614= 615
Liberty 61,033/56,146= -4,877

4. Columbus
Lee 137,219/139,307= 2,088
Muscogee 190,003/191,790= 1,787
Russell 51,147/52,074= 927
Harris 30,117/30,651= 534
Macon 21,314/21,671= 357
Marion 6997/7036= 39
Chatahoochee 13,560/12,902= -658

5. Macon
Houston 134,963/137,943= 2,980
Bibb 156,085/156,796= 711
Peach 27,024/27,269= 245
Monroe 25,351/25,504= 153
Jones 27,847/27,710= -137
Crawford 12,251/12,099= -152
Twiggs 10,093/9851= -242

6. Athens
Oconee 32,733/33,381= 648
Madison 28,133/28,312= 179
Oglethrope 14,278/14,365= 87
Clarke 116,965/116,842= -123

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/11 - 05:12 pm
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I wonder how many years

I wonder how many years before Columbia County overtakes Richmond?

How they do the calculations to show Richmond County stayed about even due to births? How do they know the birth rate in Columbia County?

countyman
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countyman 03/11/11 - 05:47 pm
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If the official 2010 census

If the official 2010 census population numbers stay about the same.. Columbia County won't be passing Richmond County in population anytime soon... According to the preliminary estimates from July 2009 to July 2010 Richmond County gained more people.. As of July 2010 Richmond had 85k more people than Columbia did...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/11 - 06:05 pm
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So are the women having more

So are the women having more babies in Richmond County than Columbia County? I wonder what that's about?

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corgimom 03/11/11 - 07:47 pm
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How they do the calculations

How they do the calculations to show Richmond County stayed about even due to births? How do they know the birth rate in Columbia County?

Beginning population +births + migration in -migration out -deaths = new population

They get the birth and death info from the county board of health. Birth certs are numbered, so are death certs.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/11/11 - 07:50 pm
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Riverman, why are more women

Riverman, why are more women giving birth in Richmond County than Columbia County? Hint: check out poverty rates, average family income, education levels, and racial makeup

In the US, Hispanics have the most births as a racial group, followed by blacks, last by whites. Education and family income also are key factors in birth rates.

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scoobynews 03/11/11 - 08:12 pm
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Chillen I sold my CC home

Chillen I sold my CC home because of all the "growth". These monster houses being built by Crown with 3000 plus square feet and 5 bedrooms at low prices are breeding grounds for the kind of people you don't want as your neighbors. Sorry folks I call it as I see it. When you have about five or six family members (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) all helping pay the payment it doesn't make for the nuclear family type one wants in their neighborhood. What you have on your hands is a revolving door of relatives that don't make enough to even pay rent at an apartment much less buy a house on their own. I saw it happen in my old neighborhood and put the for sale sign up. I wanted a single family atmosphere for my family and what I go was a renter's paradise with a revolving groups of neighbors.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/11 - 09:02 pm
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Corgimom, ahhhh, that's how

Corgimom, ahhhh, that's how they do it and why the birth rate is higher in Richmond County apparently. Thanks. I learn something everyday.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/13/11 - 01:19 am
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I just keep adding up each

I just keep adding up each additional empty house in Richmond County for evidence of lowering number of residents. The houses that have been abandoned or put up for sale are sitting empty for years, even if they have a For Sale sign up. Some owners have given up on selling anytime soon and have added the option of renting. Some are evictions. So many of these properties are not being maintained properly, ruining curb appeal, lowering property values and creating eyesores and crime magnets for the remaining population. This is in neighborhoods where retirees are leaving through death or entering into elder care facilities of some type or long term owners are being foreclosed on and/or evicted. Augusta/Richmond county's economy is in dire stress countyman. The evidence is everywhere.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/13/11 - 01:22 am
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And I was very angry to find

And I was very angry to find out yesterday that an elderly woman that would have loved to keep her house was broken into during the short time she was at Church, property stolen, and this has tipped her decision into going into an elder facility before she had originally planned to go. She shouldn't have had to do this but she no longer feels safe in her home, despite having a security system. That is a crying shame!

Emerydan
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Emerydan 03/17/11 - 07:51 pm
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SuzyQ.. Dr. Douglas Bachtel

SuzyQ.. Dr. Douglas Bachtel of UGA suggested that:************
""The reason Columbia County is growing is because the people in Richmond County are voting with their feet," said Douglas C. Bachtel, a longtime demographer with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Housing and Demographics Research Center at the University of Georgia.
Richmond County's natural population increase -- the number of births versus deaths -- in the past decade is barely enough to offset the more than 11,000 people who have left the county in that time.""*****
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2010-03-24/richmond-population-s...
One indicator of outmigration is school enrollment. Again these are estimates.. but this has been the trend now for a few decades.

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