Long County was one of the fastest-growing counties in Georgia last year, according to data the U.S. Census Bureau released recently.
The county’s population grew by 2.8 percent between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014 — the fifth-fastest growth rate in the state. As of July 1, 2014, the census estimates Long County’s population to be 17,113.
Liberty County also ranked in the upper echelons of Peach State population growth. It saw a 1.8 percent population increase to an estimated 65,198, giving Liberty the state’s 15th-fastest growth rate.
Stewart County, just south of Fort Benning, was the state’s fastest-growing county during that period, with 4.7 percent population growth. The others that ranked ahead of Long County were: Forsyth County, north of Atlanta near Lake Lanier, at 4.6 percent; Towns County, along the North Carolina border, at 3.2 percent; and Oconee County, south of Athens, at 3.1 percent.
This information is based on annual population estimates for each of the nation’s counties, county equivalents, metropolitan statistical areas and micropolitan statistical areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2014. For more information, go to