It's official. Carbon County is growing.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, announced the results of the 2010 U.S. Census.

He said that overall population in the county has increased over the last decade, from 58,802 residents to 65,249.

This represents an 11 percent increase and makes the county the 11th fastest growing county in Pennsylvania, which has a total of 12,702,379 people living in the state.

O'Gurek added that there has been a number of increases within the townships, including Penn Forest Township, which saw a 76.2 percent increase in residents; Kidder Township, 63.3 percent; Towamensing Township, 28.8 percent; and East Penn Township, 17.1 percent. A number of municipalities also recorded a decrease in population. They include Beaver Meadows, which dropped 10.2 percent; Lehigh Township, 9.1 percent; and Lansford, 6.8 percent.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein pointed out that out of the 23 municipalities in the county, 15 gained in population while eight lost residents.

A complete breakdown of all municipalities' overall increases and decrease is as follows:

Ÿ Banks Township: decrease from 1,359 in 2000 to 1,262 in 2010, which represents a 7.1 percent decrease.

Ÿ Beaver Meadows: decrease from 968 in 2000 to 869 in 2010, which represents a 10.2 percent decrease.

Ÿ Bowmanstown: increase from 895 in 2000 to 937 in 2010, which represents a 4.7 percent increase.

Ÿ East Penn Township: increase from 2,461 in 2000 to 2,881 in 2010, which represents a 17.1 percent increase.

Ÿ East Side Borough: increase from 290 in 2000 to 317 in 2010, which represents a 9.3 percent increase.

Ÿ Franklin Township: increase from 4,243 in 2000 to 4,262 in 2010, which represents a .4 percent increase.

Ÿ Jim Thorpe: decrease from 4,804 in 2000 to 4,781 in 2010, which represents a .5 percent decrease.

Ÿ Kidder Township: increase from 1,185 in 2000 to 1,935 in 2010, which represents a 63.3 percent increase.

Ÿ Lansford: decrease from 4,230 in 2000 to 3,941 in 2010, which represents a 6.8 percent decrease.

Ÿ Lausanne Township: increase from 218 in 2000 to 237 in 2010, which represents a 8.7 percent increase.

Ÿ Lehigh Township: decrease from 527 in 2000 to 479 in 2010, which represents a 9.1 percent decrease.

Ÿ Lehighton: decrease from 5,537 in 2000 to 5,500 in 2010, which represents a .7 percent decrease.

Ÿ Lower Towamensing Township: increase from 3,173 in 2000 to 3,228 in 2010, which represents a 1.7 percent increase.

Ÿ Mahoning Township: increase from 3,978 in 2000 to 4,305 in 2010, which represents a 8.2 percent increase.

Ÿ Nesquehoning: increase from 3,288 in 2000 to 3,349 in 2010, which represents a 4.7 percent increase.

Ÿ Packer Township: increase from 986 in 2000 to 998 in 2010, which represents a 1.2 percent increase.

Ÿ Palmerton: increase from 5,248 in 2000 to 5,414 in 2010, which represents a 3.2 percent increase.

Ÿ Parryville: increase from 478 in 2000 to 525 in 2010, which represents a 9.8 percent increase.

Ÿ Penn Forest Township: increase from 5,439 in 2000 to 9,581 in 2010, which represents a 76.2 percent increase.

Ÿ Summit Hill: increase from 2,974 in 2000 to 3,034 in 2010, which represents a 2 percent increase.

Ÿ Towamensing Township: increase from 3,475 in 2000 to 4,477 in 2010, which represents a 28.8 percent increase.

Ÿ Weatherly: decrease from 2,612 in 2000 to 2,525 in 2010, which represents a 3.3 percent decrease.

Ÿ Weissport: decrease from 434 in 2000 to 412 in 2010, which represents a 5.1 percent decrease.

O'Gurek also said that the census is used in determining how much Community Development Block Grant funding is given to municipalities in a county. Under the guidelines, any municipality that has over 4,000 in population is considered an entitlement community, meaning that it will automatically receive funding through the CDBG program. The municipalities in Carbon that are now considered entitlement communities are: Penn Forest Township, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Towamensing Township, Franklin Township and Mahoning Township.

The remaining 17 municipalities that are non-entitlement communities will have to compete with each other to receive funding through the county's CDBG share.

More information on the results of the 2010 Census can be found on the United States Census website: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/index.php [1]