Census shows slight growth

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Augusta retained its status as the state's second-largest city in the latest U.S. Census numbers, but it is growing at a snail's pace.

The consolidated city -- which doesn't include Hephzibah and Blythe -- grew a little less than 1 percent during the Census Bureau's reporting period from July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2008. Augusta's population went from 192,407 to 194,149, according to census estimates.

The pace of growth ranked fifth among the 10 Georgia cities with populations of at least 50,000. Atlanta had the highest growth rate, 3.4 percent, and was ranked 13th on the list of fastest-growing U.S. cities with populations of at least 100,000.

Hephzibah had the highest growth rate among the three incorporated areas in Richmond County. The city's population increased 2 percent, from 4,437 to 4,533, while Blythe's grew by 0.9 percent, from 797 to 804. (A small part of Blythe falls in Burke County.)

In Columbia County, Grovetown's population grew by nearly 6 percent -- from 8,721 to 9,224. Harlem's growth was just over 2 percent, from 2,012 to 2,057.

Richmond County's total population of 199,486 -- which includes Blythe and Hephzibah -- is only 289 fewer than at the start of this decade after years of reported decline. However, much of that total is the result of what is termed natural population increase.

From April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2008, an estimated 9,922 more people left Richmond County than moved in, the third-highest negative net migration in Georgia during that time. Only DeKalb (18,827) and Liberty (11,706) had a higher negative amount among the state's 159 counties, according to census estimates. However, the number of births in Richmond County far surpassed deaths. There were 26,399 births in the nine-year period compared with 15,682 deaths, giving the county a natural population increase of 10,717.

Reach Mike Wynn at (706) 823-3218 or mike.wynn@augustachronicle.com.


Growth among cities in Georgia with populations of at least 50,000 from July 1, 2007 to July 1, 2008.

City 2007 pop. 2008 pop. Change
Atlanta 520,368 537,958 3.4 percent
Warner Robins 59,601 60,944 2.2 percent
Athens-Clarke 111,951 113,398 1.3 percent
Augusta 192,409 194,149 0.9 percent
Roswell 87,222 87,674 0.5 percent
Albany 75,799 75,831 0.4 percent
Savannah 132,063 132,410 0.3 percent
Sandy Springs 82,879 82,674 -0.2 percent
Macon 93,191 92,775 -0.4 percent

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Growth among Augusta-Aiken-area cities and towns from July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2008:


City 2007 2008
Augusta 192,409 194,149
Hephzibah 4,437 4,533
Blythe 797 804*

(*a small part of Blythe falls in Burke County)


City 2007 2008
Grovetown 8,721 9,224
Harlem 2,012 2,057


City 2007 2008
Aiken 29,215 29,434
Burnettown 2,654 2,665
Jackson 1,640 1,647
Monetta 142 142
New Ellenton 2,235 2,227
North Augusta 20,113 20,547
Perry 238 239
Salley 412 414
Wagener 873 875
Windsor 131 131

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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dickworth1 07/02/09 - 04:43 am
Duh, I wonder why! Why don't

Duh, I wonder why! Why don't we ask Fred Russell what he thinks
I am sure he has an answer! It can't be the irresponsible way
that Augusta spends the taxpayers money can it???

HillGuy 07/02/09 - 02:03 pm
So basically in the last 10

So basically in the last 10 years Augusta and Richmond county has not grown at all.

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