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Fastest-growing counties are in Louisiana

March 21 2008

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%.

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