One of the fiercest debates in the Adirondacks — and here on the In Box — is the direction and momentum of population change in the Park.
We reported March 25th on overall population trends in the North Country. Now Saranac Lake Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau is trumpeting growth in his community over the last decade.
Preliminary 2010 US Census figures are in and the Village of Saranac Lake head count increased by 358 people, or 7.2%, for a total population of 5,406. The 2000 census had “The Capital of the Adirondacks” population at 5,041.
In a statement released this week, Rabideau trumpeted the growth:
“While many worried about a declining population in the Adirondack Park–as growth in the rest of the state was anemic—Saranac Lake experienced a solid and sustainable gain over the last decade, which means our village must be doing something right to attract this kind of expansion.”
The mayor also said that the population increase might translate into “more political clout and more leverage for grants and funding.”
So what do you think? What does it mean that Saranac Lake village is growing at a pace three times that of New York state as a whole?
Compared with the situation in Hamilton County, which lost 10% of its population, this number is certainly noteworthy.