More of us: County grows 4.2% since 2010 Census

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Marshall County ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in Tennessee over the past year.

Recently released data from the United States Census Bureau showed the county tied for 11th in the state with a 1.2 percent increase in 2016, higher than the state average of 0.8 percent.

According to the estimate, the county added 397 residents during the year.

The Census Bureau estimated 31,915 residents in the county at the end of 2016, up from the 30,617 counted during the 2010 census.

That’s a 4.24 percent increase over the six-year period overall.

Most of the 2016 growth in the state was centered around Nashville in Middle Tennessee. The largest annual increases for the state were in neighboring counties: Williamson County grew at a 3.5 percent rate and Rutherford County at a 3.2 percent clip.

Maury County finished fifth in the state at a 2.5 percent increase for the year.

Maury County has added 9,000 residents since 2010, Williamson County almost 40,000, and Rutherford County close to 45,000.

While the county’s northern neighbors have benefitted from their proximity to Nashville, the county’s southern neighbors have not shown the same growth.

Twenty-eight of the state’s 95 counties declined in population in 2016, including Lincoln County.

Overall, Lincoln County has added fewer than 300 residents since the 2010 census.

Giles County grew 1.2 percent in 2016 as well but the overall population estimate there is still below the 2010 official count.

Marshall County has shown slow and steady growth since the census in 2010, although the rate increased during both 2015 and 2016.

Based on the reports from real estate professionals and builders, 2017 could show an even higher rate of growth, as building permits and home sales trend above last year.

Added population, while it brings a larger tax base, also brings additional challenges to infrastructure development as well.

Road and utility expansion are already beginning to show strain, according to the discussions in various meetings around the county, and eventually growth will require additional school construction.