Census data shows Russell County experiences population growth, increased diversity

Russell County has experienced population growth over the last decade.

On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released census information from the 2020 Census, which shows Russell County had a population growth of about 2.4 percent between 2010 and 2020.

Russell County had a population of 17,991 in the 2020 Census compared to 17,565 in the 2010 Census.

The county now has a population density of almost 71 people per square mile.

The data also shows that nearly 77 percent of the county’s population is 18 years of age or older.

The census bureau also breaks down populations demographically. Here’s how the county’s population breaks down among race.

White – 93 percent (16,733 total individuals)

Black or African American – 0.6 percent (113 total individuals)

American Indian or Alaska Native – 0.4 percent (78 total individuals)

Asian – 0.6 percent (104 total individuals)

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander – 0.0 percent (3 total individuals) 

Other race – 2 percent (359 total individuals)

Two or more races – 3.3 percent (601 total individuals)

A total of 4.3 percent of census respondents described themselves as Hispanic or Latino, totaling 781 people. Data experts are cautioning that the Hispanic population nationwide could be severely underrepresented with the 2020 census, however.

In the 2010 Census of  Russell County, the racial makeup of the county was 98.34% White, 0.58% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.


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