Census: Macon Shrinks, Warner Robins Grows

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Macon shrunk in the past decade, but Warner Robins grew, according to official U.S. Census statistics released Thursday.

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Between 2000 and 2010, Macon's population dropped from 97,255 to 91,351. That's a loss of 5,904 or 6.1 percent. Macon dropped from the state's sixth-largest city to seventh, being bypassed by Sandy Springs.

Warner Robins' growth continued during the decade. The population grew 36.4 percent, from 48,804 to 66,588. They remained the state's 11th largest city.

Meanwhile, Bibb County grew, but dropped from the state's ninth-largest county to 13th. The population grew slightly from 153,887 to 155,547. That's a 1.1 percent increase.

Houston County, meanwhile, also dropped down the ladder of Georgia counties, from 13th to 15th. The population jumped by more than 29,000 people, from 110,756 to 139,900.

Statewide, Georgia grew by more than a million and a half people. The state's population is now 9.68 million, increasing by 18.3 percent over the past decade.

Georgia's black population growth - 579,335 - was greater than either the Hispanic (418,462) or white (285,259) population growth, says William Frey, demographer at the Brookings Institution. "Georgia is just a major magnet for African Americans, both high-skilled and low-skilled," he says. "For cultural reasons and for economic reasons, the black migration to the state is significant."

But the state's Hispanic population also grew 96 percent since 2000, the Census says. The rest of the population grew 14 percent.

Houston County's Hispanic population rose 153 percent since the last census. Hispanics make up 6.1 percent of Houston's population in the 2010 Census.

Bibb County's Hispanic population grew 117 percent and totals 2.8 percent of the population in the 2010 census.

At their current population trends, Houston County would surpass Bibb in less than six years, and Warner Robins' population would catch up with Macon's in about 10.

The census shows that three Central Georgia counties lost population in the past decade: Hancock, Twiggs and Wilkinson.

Here's the latest population count for Central Georgia counties and how they've changed since 2000:

Telfair County,  16,500, up 40 percent
Dooly County, 14,918, up 29 percent
Houston County, 139,900, up 26 percent
Pulaski County, 12,010, up 25 percent
Monroe County, 26,424, up 21 percent
Jones County,  28,669, up 21 percent
Wheeler County, 7,421, up 20 percent
Peach County,  27,695, up 17 percent
Johnson County,  9,980, 17 percent
Dodge County,  21,796, up 14 percent
Putnam County, 21,218,up 13 percent
Bleckley County, 13,063,up 12 percent
Laurens County, 48,434, up 8 percent
Wilcox County, 9,255, up 8 percent
Macon County, 14,740, up 5 percent
Baldwin County, 45,720, up 2 percent
Crawford County, 12,630,up 1 percent
Bibb County, 155,547, up 1 percent
Taylor County, 8,906, up 1 percent
Treutlen County 6,885, gained 31 people
Washington County, 21,187, gained 11 people
Hancock County, 9,429, dropped 6 percent
Wilkinson County  9,563, dropped 6 percent
Twiggs County, 9,023, dropped 15 percent

Contributing: USA TODAY

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