Census shows Coweta, Newnan, Senoia with major growth


It took a while but the final local breakdown is in from the U.S. Census Bureau. Those numbers show a 42.71 percent increase in Coweta County’s 2010 population. The census findings also show all the county’s municipalities with greater numbers, such as Newnan with a 103 percent increase and Senoia with a 90 percent increase.

Coweta County’s population was listed at 127,317. That number represents an increase of 42.71 percent over the 89,215 residents counted in 2000.
Both Newnan and Senoia also racked up the numbers. Newnan went from a population of 16,242 in 2000 to 33,039 in 2010, a 103.42 percent increase. Similarly in Senoia, the city saw its population swell to 3,307 in 2010 from 1,738 in 2000, a 90.28 percent increase.

Each of Coweta’s municipalities saw population increases during the decade. Sharpsburg grew from 316 residents in 2000 to 341 in 2010 and Turin grew by more than 66 percent, going from a population of 165 to 274 during the 10-year period. And Palmetto, a portion of which is in Coweta, grew from 3,400 residents in 2000 to 4,488 in 2010, an increase of 32 percent.

In terms of demographics, Coweta saw a 203.6 percent increase in the Hispanic population, a 36.2 percent in blacks and a 34.3 percent increase in whites. Those figures translate into a county with a color breakdown of 72.7 percent white, 17.1 percent black, 6.7 percent Hispanic, 1.5 percent Asian and .2 percent American Indian or Alaska native.

Countywide, Coweta in 2010 had a 9 percent residential vacancy rating. The county had 33,182 residential units compared to 50,171 units in 2010, a 51.2 percent increase. In Newnan there were 6,464 housing units in 2000 compared to 13,860 units in 2010, a 114.4 percent increase. And in Senoia, the 662 housing units in 2000 grew to 1,289 units in 2010, an increase of 94.7 percent.

While those housing numbers are impressive, the county’s greatest growth in that area came in Turin, where there was a 119.1 percent increase, from 68 units to 149 units, during the 10-year period.

Next door in Fayette County, the census showed a population of 106,567, up 16.8 percent over the 2000 figures that listed 91,263 residents.

And across the 10-county Three Rivers Regional Commission area the past 10 years brought a 21 percent increase in population. Census 2000 showed a 10-county total of 403,944 while the 2010 census tallied 489,781 residents, a difference of 85,837.

While Coweta was the fastest growing of the counties, Pike County showed a gain of 30.55 percent and Carroll County grew to 110,527, a 26.65 percent increase.

Only two counties in the Three Rivers area lost population during the decade. Those included Upson County at -1.61 percent and Meriwether County at -2.41 percent.

The largest population growth of any municipality throughout the 10-county region was Villa Rica in Carroll County. The city’s population grew by a staggering 237.59 percent, going from 4,134 residents in 2000 to 13,956 in 2010.