Baldwin County 2nd-fastest-growing county in Alabama

The population of Baldwin County shot up nearly 30 percent in the past decade to about 182,260, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this afternoon.

That was the second-highest growth rate of any county in the state. Among the state’s 67 counties, only Shelby County south of Birmingham grew at a faster pace — 36 percent, according to the 2010 census.

Census 2010: Baldwin County 2nd-fastest-growing county in Alabama