A wave of disappointment flooded City Hall Tuesday after U.S. Census Bureau officials announced that Roswell failed to meet its 50,000 population goal, set out by residents hoping the city would become an entitlement community.
Multiple city officials said they were in a state of disbelief after learning that Roswellâ€™s official population is 48,366 residents, saying they planned to utilize any sort of appeal process that the Census Bureau may have and insisting that Roswellâ€™s population is well over 50,000.
The benchmark would make Roswell a metropolitan statistical area and would, among other benefits, make more federal funds available to the city.
The news came shortly after noon and hit hard, especially with officials who worked hard to make sure the city hit the mark. â€œIâ€™d like to sit down and cry.
I canâ€™t hardly believe it,â€ said Councilor Steve Henderson, after hearing the news. â€œWe worked extra hard on that and the city went out of its way to Login to read more