MONROE — Walton County has topped 90,000 residents and continues to grow.
Census data show the county has 90,184 residents, according to an estimate as of July 1, 2016. That’s a 7.66 percent increase from the 83,768 residents who called Walton home at the official count in 2010.
Walton is the 20th fastest growing county in Georgia between 2010 and 2016. Eighty-one of Georgia’s 159 counties have shown population growth this decade.
All seven cities in the county also have shown population growth since 2010, led by Between (15.5 percent) and Loganville (11.6 percent).
The fastest growing county is Long, near Savannah, which grew by 27 percent since 2010 but still had just 18,437 residents as of last year.
The largest county in the state, Fulton, had 1,023,336 citizens by comparison.
Many of Walton’s neighbors are also showing fast growth.
Gwinnett (12.64 percent), Oconee (12.28 percent) and Barrow (11.19 percent) are all among the 10 fastest growing counties in the state.
Newton County grew by 7 percent, Rockdale by 4.86 percent and Morgan by about 1.7 percent.
Monroe, the county seat, remains Walton’s largest city with 13,478 people as of the 2016 estimate. That’s just a 1.84 percent growth from the 13,234 population from the 2010 Census.
Loganville, though, grew to 11,674 last year, from a base of 10,458 six years earlier.
Social Circle remains the third-largest city in the county at 4,452 residents. The population grew 4.46 percent.
Walnut Grove was up to 1,387 residents after showing 4.29 percent growth from the 2010 Census.
Between’s 2016 estimate of 342 was an increase from the 296 counted in 2010.
Good Hope (291) and Jersey (147) remain the county’s smallest cities.