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Gwinnett leads state in growth, according to Census stats

Gwinnett continues its reign as the fastest growing county in Georgia, according to numerical stats released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week.

The population estimate says Gwinnett added 18,729 people from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013, a growth rate of 2.2 percent.

The rate ranked sixth in the state, below the smaller counties of Forsyth, Columbia, Bryan, Long and Towns. But the number of new residents was nearly twice as much as any other Georgia county, with Cobb coming the closest at 9,913 people.

“I believe that the continued strong growth indicates that folks see Gwinnett as an attractive place to live,” Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said. “Part of the growth also stems from the many young families who call Gwinnett home. The strong population growth means it continues to be critically important to also grow jobs in our community.”

The numbers are vastly different than Atlanta Regional Commission estimates released last year for the period of April 1, 2012 to 2013, which gave the largest growth number in the region to Fulton and said Gwinnett came in a close second with 9,100 residents.

“That is typical,” county spokesman Joe Sorenson said of the varying estimates, adding that the county uses the Census statistics for its planning purposes.

The Census estimates give Gwinnett a total population of 859,304, the second largest in Georgia behind Fulton’s 984,293.

“The new population estimates released by the Census Bureau match our own sense of Gwinnett’s population growth,” Nash said. “I have been citing Gwinnett’s population as about 850,000 for almost a year.”