The Heart is the Capital of the Mind -
The Mind is a single State –
The Heart and the Mind together make
A single Continent –
One is the Population –
Numerous enough –
This ecstatic Nation
Seek – it is Yourself
The Heart Is the Capital of the Mind
Emily Dickinson 1876
Will Albany break its string of losing population since the 1980 census? I frankly don’t think Dougherty County will show any population growth since the 2000 count, but I would love to be surprised.
Dougherty County topped 100,000 citizens in the 1980 census, but both the 1990 and 2000 census figures had the county with less than 100,000. Lee County, on the other hand, has shown growth that ranked it as one of the fastest-growing counties in the state and a designation as one of the Top 100 fastest-growing counties in the United States.
The 2008 estimated population for Lee County is 33,000 with Dougherty County just over 96,000. The two counties should top 130,000 by the next census. Together, the two counties have had healthy and steady population increases since 1960 when the Albany Metropolitan Area was created by the Department of Commerce.
After the 2000 census, the Department of Commerce added Baker, Terrell and Worth to the official Albany Metropolitan Area. Metro population in 2010 is estimated to be 166,000.
Here is a chart showing Dougherty and Lee County census numbers since 1950.
1950 Dougherty 43,617 Lee 6,674 Total 50,291
1960 Dougherty 75,680 Lee 6,204 Total 81,884
1970 Dougherty 89,639 Lee 7,044 Total 96,683
1980 Dougherty 100,718 Lee 11,684 Total 112,402
1990 Dougherty 96,319 Lee 16,250 Total 112,569
2000 Dougherty 96,065 Lee 24,757 Total 120,822
Dougherty 96,000 Lee 35,000 Total 131,000