Thursday, 27 January 2011
I wish to respond to the letter from Victor Drummond published in the Dec. 23, 2010, issue of The Macon County News. Mr. Drummond calls into question the projected county population and housing figures mentioned by Larry Stenger in a previous letter published December 16, 2010. Rather than Mr. Stenger’s figures being wrong, I suggest it is Mr. Drummond’s figures that are wrong.
According to U.S. Census data, Macon County has been experiencing steady and rapid population and housing unit growth for the past 40 years. Population increased 27.8% from 1970 (15,788) to 1980 (20,178), 16.5% from 1980 to 1990 (23,499), and 26.9% from 1990 to 2000 (29,811). According to the preliminary data from the most recent census, as reported by the MCN on Sept. 23, 2010, the population in Macon County in 2010 was 36,667, a 23% growth rate since 2000.