Census Bureau reveals the fastest growing county in the nation

The Census Bureau is out today with its county-level population data, and the fastest growing county in the nation is adding more than 222 people each and every day. The Census Bureau is out today with its county-level population data, and the fastest growing county in the nation is adding more than 222 people each and every day.

(MEREDITH) - The Census Bureau is out today with its county-level population data, and the fastest growing county in the nation is adding more than 222 people each and every day.

After crunching all the 2016 data, Maricopa County, Arizona, the home of Phoenix, takes the crown, ending Harris County, Texas’s eight-year run as the county with the greatest population growth. Harris County is home to Houston.

So where are all these people heading to the Phoenix area coming from?  The Census Bureau says 43,189 residents moved into Maricopa from other areas of the United States. Another 10,188 immigrated into the county from outside of the country. Maricopa County also helped its own cause with 25,428 more births than deaths.

Other highlights from the report:

  • Utah claims home to three of the top 20 fastest-growing with Provo-Orem, Logan and San Juan Counties.
  • Eight of the ten counties with more deaths than births were in Florida.
  • Chicago’s Cook County in Illinois was the biggest loser, dropping more than 21,000 residents.  In fact, among the top ten metro areas in the nation, the Chicago region was the only one not to show growth.
  • St. Louis County, Missouri dropped below 1-million for the first time since 2011.
  • Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada was among the fastest growing areas as a result of residents moving in from other parts of the country.

Overall the United States population is growing.  The Census Bureau reports that there is one birth every 8 seconds, and one death every 11 seconds and that results in a net gain of one person every 16 seconds.

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