Local Impact Breakdown of 2020 Census Results
AUGUSTA, Georgia (WRDW/WAGT) – The 2020 census results are finally in, and Augusta has lost its ranking as Georgia’s second-largest city. He was ousted by Columbus by 4,000 people.
The population is definitely moving away from rural areas. Columbia County grew nearly 26%, Augusta 3, and Aiken 5. But smaller counties like Wilkes, Allendale, and Bamberg all lost people.
This data helps determine how hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funding will be spent over the next 10 years. The money goes to schools, hospitals, roads and other public projects. Funds also go to SNAP benefits and Medicaid. These changes all affect resource funding.
Much of Columbia County’s growth is tied to new subdivisions like River Oaks. With one county growing and the other at a much slower pace, both still face challenges attracting and keeping people.
“It’s almost like when it rains, it pours. We did not expect such rapid and strong growth,” said Stacy Pulliam, CSRA real estate expert.
Since 2010, Columbia County has seen its population increase by 25%. That’s about 31,000 more people. Much of this growth is due to these new homes.
“It seems as soon as a house goes up, it’s gone,” Pulliam said.
Pulliam is a CSRA real estate agent. She says Columbia County’s housing market has grown dramatically in recent years, so much so that the infrastructure can’t keep up.
“Even though we didn’t expect it, it’s just a matter of putting our new infrastructure in a place that can handle all the cars and all the people that come into our area,” she said.
The county took in more than $35 million in property taxes in 2020. County planning director Scott Sterling said they are now trying to balance growth with need.
Richmond County grew at a very different pace. The county experienced a growth rate of 3%. Win about 5,600 people.
“The idea should always be to market Augusta in the best possible light,” said Augusta Commissioner Jordan Johnson, District 1.
Johnson says that even if Augusta’s growth isn’t as strong, that shouldn’t limit federal funding or investment in the city.
“So instead of trying to, you know, compete with another county in terms of people moving in. I think we should keep making sure our job market is strong, keep making sure our housing market is strong, keep making sure we have things in place to keep them augustans in Augusta,” a- he declared.
Johnson says the county is seeing $900 million in investments. The biggest issue right now is affordable housing, but there are several projects underway.
Current population at a glance
Current populations of local counties in Georgia and evolution since 2010:
- Burke: 22,596, +5.5%
- Colombia: 156,010, +25.8%
- Emmanuel: 22,768, +0.8%
- Glascock: 2,894, -6.4%
- Hancock: 8,735, -7.4%
- Jefferson: 15,709, -7.2%
- Jenkins: 8,674, +4%
- Lincoln: 7.690, -3.8%
- McDuffie: 21.63, -1.1%
- Richmond: 206,607, +3%
- Display: 14,067, -3.6%
- Taliaferro: 1,559, -9.2%
- Warren: 5,215, -10.6%
- Washington: 19,998, -5.7%
- Wilkes: 9,565, -9.7%
Current populations of local counties in South Carolina and evolution since 2010:
- Aiken: 168,808, +5.4%
- Allendale: 8,039, -22.8%
- Bamberg: 13,311, -16.7%
- Barnwell: 20,589, -9%
- Edgefield: 25,657, -4.9%
- McCormick: 9,526, -6.9%
- Orangebourg: 84,229, -8.9%
- Saluda: 18,862, -5.1%
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