The fastest-growing counties in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, are mostly in suburban areas outside of urban centers.
The census numbers govern the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal money each year.
Here are the 10 fastest-growing counties:
- Kendall County, Ill. (Chicago), 92.1 percent
- Pinal County, Ariz. (Phoenix), 89.7 percent
- Rockwall County, Texas (Dallas), 88.9 percent
- Flagler County, Fla. (Jacksonville), 83.9 percent
- Loudon County, Va. (Washington, D.C.), 77.6 percent
- Forsyth County, Ga. (Atlanta), 77.4 percent
- Lincoln County, S.D. (Sioux Falls), 70.7 percent
- Paulding County, Ga. (Atlanta), 67.4 percent
- Williamson County, Texas (Austin), 64.3 percent
- Douglas County, Colo. (Denver), 64 percent
Source: CNNMoney.com, Les Christie (06/16/2010)
Towns all over the country grew during this decade as retirees and others sought attractive and uncrowded places to live and vacation.
Early U.S. Census Bureau projections identify these towns as America’s fastest growing between 2000 and 2010. Some of them are distant suburbs of large cities, but others are in sparsely populated rural areas where new residents enjoy pastoral beauty.
Economists expect growth to slow in the next decade as people stay closer to jobs and because they can’t sell their homes. Meanwhile, here are the top 10 rural and suburban counties that enjoyed the most growth in the last decade:
1. Flagler County, Fla.
2. Kendall County, Ill.
3. Rockwall County, Texas
4. Pinal County, Ariz.
5. Sumter County, Fla.
6. Forest County, Pa.
7. Forsyth County, Ga.
8. St. John’s County, Fla.
9. Lake County, Fla.
10. Lyon County, Nev.
Source: Forbes, Francesca Levy (03/30/2010)