Thu., December 29, 2011 3:25pm (EST)

Georgia Still Growing, But More Slowly
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 2 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Georgia's population continued to grow in the most recent US Census Bureau estimates, but at a slower rate than at any time in the past 10 years.  Still, the rate was 4th highest in the nation.  (photo French Kheldar)
Georgia's population continued to grow in the most recent US Census Bureau estimates, but at a slower rate than at any time in the past 10 years. Still, the rate was 4th highest in the nation. (photo French Kheldar)
The nation’s population growth is slowing but Georgia remains one of the fastest-growing states.

New estimtes from the US Census Bureau are the first to be released since the decennial count in 2010.

The figures track population for the year ending July 2011.

The country grew by 2.9 million people, or about 0.9%, the lowest growth rate since the 1940’s.

Georgia added 128,000 people, or 1.3%, a rate supassed only by Florida, Texas and California.

Brunswick realtor Ronnie Perry says, despite the economy, the state has a growth trump card.

"We're still seeing a tremendous amount of retirees," Perry says. "There are still people who are able to sell their properties up north."

Perry notes that the economy can't change the state's attractive climate.

"I'm seeing in the real estate business where people are getting excited again," Perry says. "We could be getting close to the bottom."

Georgia’s growth is now weaker than at any time in the past decade and weaker even than in the recession’s early years.

Demographers pin the slowing to layoffs and business failures.

Figures released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show, over the past twelve months, the state lost jobs at a rate second only to Delaware.