By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Alcorn County gained population from most surrounding counties, according to county-to-county migration data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.
Of the surrounding counties, Alcorn saw the greatest migration of people from Tishomingo County.
There were 355 people who moved from Tishomingo County to Alcorn County and 98 people who moved from Alcorn to Tishomingo County, the 2011-2015 data show.
That means there was an estimated “net migration flow” of 257 people moving from Tishomingo County to Alcorn County.
It can benefit Alcorn County when people from the surrounding area move to the community, local officials said. An interactive map released by the Census Bureau basically shows that Alcorn County is a hub of growth for this part of the state.
There was an estimated net migration of 106 people moving from Lauderdale County, Ala. to Alcorn County.
However, Alcorn County lost population to Hardin County, Tenn. There was an estimated net migration of 36 people moving from Alcorn County to Hardin County, which includes the city of Savannah. Hardin County was the only immediately surrounding county that took people away from Alcorn County.
But McNairy County, Tenn., which is north of Alcorn County, saw an estimated net migration of 35 people move to Alcorn County.
Drawing people from surrounding areas can help Alcorn County when it comes to job creation, said Clayton Stanley, president and CEO of The Alliance. When industries look for a place to locate they want to know that there is a workforce available, Stanley said.
Stanley said he is encouraged by this data and hopes it becomes the norm for Alcorn County. The Alliance is making a deliberate push to recruit and retain young talent to Alcorn County, Stanley said.
Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin said the future of Northeast Mississippi looks bright and that he sees Corinth and Alcorn County as a hot spot for growth. Corinth has seen many success stories in recent years with new businesses and downtown redevelopment, Irwin said.
“Corinth is a good place to be,” the mayor said.
It is good news that Alcorn County has drawn new people in, but that growth also comes with challenges, the mayor noted. He said the city is currently working on a long-range plan for the community and implementing infrastructure improvements.
“It is a nice problem to have,” Irwin said.
The mayor also touted the local school system and healthcare.
Below is a sampling of “net migration flows” of people from other counties moving into Alcorn County:
Shelby County, Tenn., which includes Memphis: 45;
Tippah County, 36;
Union County, 23:
Prentiss County, 10:
Christian County, Kentucky., 50.
Fresno County, Calif., 110;
Harris County, Texas, 29.
Below is a sampling of net migration flows of people leaving Alcorn County to go to other counties:
Lee County, 217 people moved from Alcorn County to Lee County;
Madison County, Ala. (includes Huntsville), 25;
Jefferson County, Ala. (includes Birmingham), 25;
Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, 23.
Nez Perce County, Idaho, 20.