Census Bureau population estimates: South continues to lead the way

Cities in the South are continuing to grow the fastest, according to Vintage 2023 Population Estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. And cities and towns in Hall County are growing with the rest of the region. The rate of growth in the South is an average of one percent.

The report shows all of the cities and towns in Hall County, but Clermont increased in population between July 1, 2022, and July 1, 2023, the period covered by the Census Bureau report. The estimate puts Clermont’s population at 1,126 down from 1,128 the previous year.

Among other places:

*Braselton 15,538 vs. 14,863

*Buford 18,237 vs. 18,159

*Flowery Branch 11,607 vs. 10,945

*Gainesville 47,265 vs. 45,237

*Gillsville 314 vs. 308

*Lula 2,993 vs. 2,966

*Oakwood 6,417 vs. 5,983

“The population growth across the South in 2023 was driven by significant numeric and percentage gains among its cities,” said Crystal Delbé, a statistician in the Census Bureau’s Population Division. “Thirteen of the 15 fastest-growing cities were in the South, with eight in Texas alone.”

Topping the list of fastest-growing cities with a population of 20,000 or more: Celina, Texas, (near Dallas), whose population grew by 26.6%, more than 53 times that of the nation’s growth rate of 0.5%.

Nationwide, the Census Bureau said Tuesday cities with populations of 50,000 or more grew by an average of 0.2% in the Northeast and 0.1% in the Midwest after declining an average of 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, in 2022. Those in the West went up by an average of 0.2% from 2022 to 2023. Cities in the South grew the fastest – by an average 1.0%.

Estimates for each county in the country were released earlier this year: Hall’s population: 4,646 increase 97.5 Glory FM | North Georgia’s Family Radio Station (wgtjradio.com)