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Sumter County government has no qualms with the latest population estimate from the University of Florida sending Sumter County’s population beyond 105,000 residents.
The figures were recently released by the college as a preliminary estimate for the county to review. The figures are then submitted to the state where they are used to help determine state revenue-sharing funds.
County Administrator Bradley Arnold said Monday that he’s pleased with the figure the college arrived at and that it corresponds closely with the estimated population determined by county staff. The university estimated a total population for Sumter County of 105,104. The county’s estimate was 105,634.
“Our numbers came out really close,” said Arnold.
The increase of more than 5,000 additional residents over last year’s amount means that Sumter County is still one of the fastest growing counties in Florida, Arnold said.
“From a percentage standpoint, it’s one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and that shows a very positive trend,” he said.
Arnold said the benefit to the county is that as population increases, more financial investments are being made in Sumter.
Data collected by the university to determine population estimates is compiled from the number of active residential electricity meters in the county.
By far, residents living in the county far exceed those living within city boundaries.
The unincorporated area is estimated to have a population of 93,122, leaving Sumter’s combined city populations at slightly less than 12,000.
According to county figures, Bushnell’s population is 2,472, Center Hill – 948, Coleman 705, Webster – 780 and Wildwood – 7,032.
The county also has an estimated 8,750 inmates incarcerated in the Coleman and Sumter Correctional prisons.
Because population estimates may change before being made final on Oct. 15, the college will not analyze at local levels until the estimates have been reviewed by local officials.