The Atlanta Regional Commission reported a population increase of 729 from 2010 to 2012 in its August estimates — an average annual increase of 364 per year, far below the average 4,023 new residents annually in the last decade.
Amy Brumelow, Douglas County director of planning and zoning, blamed the county’s slowed growth on the downturn in the region’s economy.
“It will take new job growth in the county and the region before we see growth return to a rate even close to 2007,” she said.
Douglas County’s population, according to the 2010 U.S. Census was 132,403, a 43 percent increase from 2000 when the population reached 92,174.
The ARC forecasts that by 2030, Douglas County will have 218,551 residents. This forecast depends on a number of factors, including an improved economy and increase in jobs.
“Douglas County is a bedroom community with about 60 percent of its residents traveling to other areas in Atlanta for employment, so any decline in the job market in the region affects growth here,” Brumelow said.