Troy experiences growth spurt

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TROY, AL (WSFA) - Census figures show Troy's population increased from 13,935 in 2000 to 18,003 in 2010.  It's an increase of 29.4%.  New homes are just one of the signs of the growth spurt in Troy; people like Carolyn Moultry are another.  She loves Troy so much, she moved back recently after a few years away.

"It's a nice quiet little place," Moultry said.  "Of all the places I lived, I'd rather be here."

Mayor Jimmy Lunsford said the university has a lot to do with it, but there are other factors, too.

"We feel like our industrial base has been a big part of it, we've recruited a lot of new retail, we're just building a lot of new houses and attracting folks to Troy, Alabama," Lunsford said.

One challenge that's coming with all this growth is more traffic in the area, especially along Highway 231.

"The traffic on 231, there is no short term solution," Lunsford said. "We're working, we're looking down the road.  There may be an I-10 connector that assists with some of the big trucks bypassing Troy."

Lunsford said overall the city is handling the growth.

"Our water, our sewer, our electric, all the infrastructure's in place to accommodate that," Lunsford said.

And, the growth isn't driving away long-term residents either.

"This is a good place to settle, a good place to live it has all things to offer people," said Homer Reeves, a long-time resident of the area.

Pike County's population as a whole also increased from 29,605 in 2000 to 32,899 in 2010.

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