I have seen Tuscaloosa County’s population grow almost 40,000 people in the 15 years I have been here. The population in 2000 according to the U.S Census Bureau was 164,875 in 2015 it was 203,976. Now we know why the traffic is so heavy.

Tuscaloosa County is still growing according to the U.S. Census Bureau, despite the lack of growth in rural areas and the Black Belt. Tuscaloosa County’s population has grown from 194,653 to 203,976 from 2010 to 2015.

Tuscaloosa County is not the only county showing significant growth. Madison, Lee and Baldwin counties are responsible for 49 percent of Alabama’s residential growth since 2010.

According to the U.S. Census estimates 36 of 67 Alabama counties lost people from July 2014 to July 2015.

Dallas County leads the list of counties losing the most; Dallas County lost 500 residents from 2014 to 2015.

Baldwin County had the biggest growth adding 4000 from July 2014 to July 2015.