As reported some time ago by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Elbert County’s population has been decreasing.
That is a common trend this time shown by the United States Census Bureau in its 2013 population estimates.
In 2010, Elbert County’s population according to the census was 20,166; in 2012 that number dropped down to 19,642; the latest projections show another decrease, though not as steep down to 19,599, which a decrease of 43 people from 2012 to 2013.
Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas says the loss in population hurts the county’s SPLOST revenue, which has an adverse affect on local projects.
“What that means is that the projects that we have projected to complete, we are going to have to go back in and downsize those projects or do without some of those projects all together”, said Thomas.
Thomas says the county is trying to do what it can to reverse this trend, and one of those ways is hoping for the public to pass a three quarter mil increase to fund economic development in the county.
He says trying to keep the younger portion of the population around the county is very important.
“Once they get through their education whether it be technical college or a four year college, that there will be some jobs for them to come back to”, said Thomas. “So that is one way to stop the trend from the decreasing population.”
Other areas around our county have also seen numbers decrease.
Madison County in 2010 had a population of 28,120; the latest 2013 projections show that number down to 28,057.
Wilkes County in 2010 had a population of 10,593; which dropped to 10,010 in 2013’s census estimates.
Hart County, the exception in our area, in 2010 had a population of 25,213 and the 2013 estimates show it up to 25,446.