Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Population grows in Montgomery County - Washington Business Journal

by Tierney Plumb Staff Reporter

More than 10,000 more people reside in Montgomery County than was previously thought.

Last summer, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the county’s July 2007 population at 930,813. Census demographers said that was about a 5,500-person increase from the previous year.

But the planning staff sifted through construction figures and Rollin Stanley, planning director, was convinced more people lived in the county.

Stanley was right. The bureau worked with the planners and has rewritten the figure to 941,491 – meaning that 10,678 extra people live in Montgomery County.

The staff’s population projections stemmed from the number of residential units built in Montgomery County since the last official census in 2000.

County Executive Isiah Leggett sent in a letter of support and the planning department was able to challenge the census’ county population figure.

The figure includes the incorporated municipalities, including Gaithersburg and Rockville, which provided data for the planning department.

With more inhabitants, economic development staff said it can now better market the county to new residents and businesses.

Contributing to the higher numbers were the county’s urban centers, such as Silver Spring, where several new condo units have risen around a large transportation hub.

About $200 billion in federal funds is given each year to states and other areas based in some part on Census estimates.

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