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Hartselle Enquirer

Progress often means change

Randy Cox, Publisher

Hartselle Enquirer

Hello Hartselle.  My name is Randy and I am the publisher of the Hartselle Enquirer. Please don’t confuse me with the previous Randy who is now the mayor of Hartselle. The powers that decided that Randy had done such a good job that they had to find another one. I hope to do half as well as the Randy who is now mayor.

The Hartselle Enquirer Progress Edition is being distributed soon and we try to use this edition to focus on people and businesses that have been important to Hartselle and the surrounding area. In addition we also highlight the changes that are taking place in this community.  Coinciding with the Enquirer’s Progress edition the government released data from the most recent census that was taken in 2014.  This data is now 2 years old but the census before this was in 2010 and it is always interesting to look at the changes that have taken place as our government tries its best to measure them. Since this information was only recently released I thought I would share a few details about the population of the United States, the world and also some interesting figures about Hartselle.

When I wrote this piece the population of the United States of America was 324,801,799. However, the Census Bureau states that there is a new soul born into the United States every 8 seconds and another soul passes from this life every 11 seconds. In addition, they add that one person from another country migrates into the United States every 33 seconds which means this country grows by 1 person every 16 seconds. By the time you read this article the number I stated above will be short by thousands of people.

At the same time as stated above, the world had a population of 7,382,014,779. The world in general appears to be growing at a much faster rate than the United States and clocks in at roughly 2 to 3 babies born every second.

In Morgan County, the U.S. Census Bureau states we have a total population of 118,351. They also say that the county has had 1,531 people move into our area from another state and 1,742 people moved out of our area to another state. Whether you are coming or going just be sure to wave at each other as you pass by on the interstate.

I decided to dig a little deeper and looked at what the Census Bureau calls an Inflow/Outflow Analysis of Hartselle’s main zip code of 35640.  This can be a little confusing but it is basically a look at how many people live in this zip code and work in this zip code, how many people live in another zip code but work in this zip code, and how many people live in this zip code but drive to another zip code to work.

For reference, I compared the information from the 2010 census to the most recently released 2014 information. In 2010 the census stated that 1,578 people lived and worked in zip code 35640. In 2014 this number had decreased to 1,433.

In 2010 they stated that 3,727 people lived in another zip code but drove into Hartselle to work everyday and in 2014 this figure had grown to 4,012. It must be that everyone is in search of the country life, or maybe it’s just less expensive to live out of town.

Now for those road weary souls who get onto 65 north and head toward the Huntsville area every morning this will not be a surprise, but in 2010 the census bureau said that 8,141 people get up and leave Hartselle and drive to work somewhere else. In 2014 that number has climbed to 9,057.

All this data means is there are fewer people who both live and work in the City of Hartselle, and more than twice as many people leave town to go to work than drive into Hartselle from other places to work. I only hope that the people who leave town to work come back to town to spend their money. These dollars support the community they have chosen to call home. When you spend the dollars you make somewhere else in Hartselle you support the schools your children go to, your local law enforcement agencies and the other essential services you expect. It is certainly all right to go wherever it is necessary to support your family. Just remember that you also have to support your community..

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