We’re 4.3% bigger than we were 10 years earlier. That’s how many more people live in our five counties in Northwest Georgia based on community information from the 2020 Census vs.2010.
The caveat: Much of that growth is from the I-75 corridor, especially Bartow and Cartersville. The county, as a whole, was up 8.7% in 10 years while Cartersville grew by 17.5%. Those numbers were needed to make up for the loss in Chattooga County as the overall population there shrunk by 4% over the decade.
The slowest growth rate was Floyd County, just 2.3% percent and a majority of that was in the city of Rome (3.9%).
Perhaps the biggest surprise was the slow growth in Polk County. Long pictured as the beneficiary of Paulding County’s residential boom, Polk grew by 3.3%.
In population alone, Northwest Georgia was home to 332,847 people, up 13,697 from 2010 (319,150). The state of Georga grew by more than a million residents, from 9,687,653 to 10,711,908 or almost 10.6%
These numbers will be used for disbursement for federal and state government funds as well as to redraw the General Assembly and congressional districts later this year.