Over the last half century, the Sand Mountain area has grown to include a larger, more diverse population as well as several major businesses and industries. Marshall County, which had an approximate population of 53,962 people in 1970 according to U.S. Census data, now holds more than 95,548 people, an increase of 77%. DeKalb County grew by nearly 74%, from 41,191 residents to more than 71,617.

Both counties’ growth rate over the last 50 years outpaced the State of Alabama and the U.S. as a whole, which saw an approximate growth rate of 42% and 59%, respectively.

From shopping centers and restaurants to recreation centers and sewer systems, several local towns and cities, such as Albertville, Boaz and Geraldine, have either just completed or plan to complete major projects that will add value for their residents, both current and future. The population of each county on Sand Mountain in The Reporter’s coverage area is projected to show a slight increase on the 2020 census.

Much, if not all, of the growth can be attributed to the people — those in government who have worked hard to receive federal grant and tax dollars, as well as the workers and citizens who support the area with their labor and patronization.

As long as the people in local communities continue to support each other, Sand Mountain’s future is sure to be successful.

Our View On the Issue is an opinion of The Reporter’s editorial board that includes Publisher Kim Patterson and Managing Editor Taylor Beck.

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