2000 To 2006: Fastest Growing U.S. Counties

By: Real Estate Advisor

A very recent survey, published in the U.S Census Bureau News by the U.S. Department of Commerce, reveals interesting trends of increase in the population among the U.S. counties.

The U.S comprises of 3,141 counties and among these the top of the charts for the largest numerical increase in population is held by Arizona's Maricopa County. The County gained 696,000 residents between 2000 and 2006, an increase that exceeds the collective population of all but 15 U.S. cities. This is the fourth largest county in the U.S and the surge in its population has made Arizona the fastest growing state between 2005 and 2006.

The second county in America, which added the largest increase in the number of residents, is Harris County, Texas, with a population gain of 486,000 residents.

Among the 20 U.S. counties with the largest numeric gains from the period of 2000 to 2006, 19 were in the South or West. Of the top 10 numeric gainers in population, three were in Texas, three in California, one in Georgia and one in Illinois.

Here is a comprehensive list of the top 10 U.S. counties with the highest numerical growth from 2000 and 2006:

1. Maricopa, Arizona, with a population growth of 695,784
2. Harris, Texas, with a population growth of 485,653
3. Riverside, California, with a population growth of 481,416
4. Los Angeles, California, with a population growth of 428,751
5. Clark, Nevada, with a population growth of 401,801
6. San Bernardino, California, with a population growth of 289,898
7. Tarrant, Texas, with a population growth of 225,121
8. Collin, Texas, with a population growth of 207,076
9. Gwinnett, Georgia, with a population growth of 168,656
10. Will, Illinois, with a population growth of 165,950

While these are the statistics of the counties with the highest population gain, the Census Bureau statistics for the U.S. counties with the fastest growing population are as follows:

Flagler in Florida was the fastest growing county in the U.S. with a population gain of 66.7 % from 2000 to 2006. The county's current population is at 83,000. Kendall, Illinois and Rockwall, Texas, with a population increase of 61.7 % and 60.5 % respectively, were the nation's second and third fastest growing counties. Loudoun, Virginia and Forsyth, Georgia rounded out the top five fastest growing counties in the U.S.

The top 10 fastest growing U.S. counties between 2000 and 2006 and their population growth are:

1. Flagler, Florida, with 66.7 % population increase
2. Kendall, Illinois, with 61.7 % population increase
3. Rockwall, Texas, with 60.5 % population increase
4. Loudoun, Virginia, with 58.5 % population increase
5. Forsyth, Georgia, with 53.4 % population increase
6. Pinal, Arizona, with 51.0 % population increase
7. Douglas, Colorado, with 50.0 % population increase
8. Henry, Georgia, with 49.2 % population increase
9. Paulding, Georgia, with 48.9 % population increase
10. Lyon, Nevada, with 48.5 % population increase

Among the 20 fastest-growing U.S. counties from the period of 2000 to 2006, the lead was with the South with 13 counties, followed by four in the West and three in the Midwest.

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