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The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday named two areas hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard and Orleans parishes in Louisiana, as the fastest-growing counties in 2007. St. Bernard Parish's population rose by 42.9% from July 1, 2006 to July 1, 2007, according to the bureau. Orleans Parish, home to the city of New Orleans, had population growth of 13.8% during that time. However, New Orleans said it plans to contest the bureau's population estimate as being too low.
All but one of the country's fastest-growing counties in 2007 were located in the South or West, according to the bureau. The fastest-growing counties after St. Bernard and Orleans were: Pinal AZ, up 11.5%; Kendall IL, up 10.6%; Rockwall TX, up 8.2%; Flagler FL, up 7.2%; Union NC, up 7.2%; Forsyth GA, up 7.2%; Paulding GA, up 6.7%; and Jackson GA, up 6.7%.