Two Virginia cities listed among fastest-growing U.S. localities

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Two Virginia cities, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg, were among the 10 fastest growing localities in the country in recent years, according to new Census Bureau information.

On Thursday, the bureau released its first set of local population estimates since the official 2010 counts were released a year ago.

On a list of fast-growing counties “or equivalents,” Manassas Park ranked fourth in the country and Fredericksburg was sixth in population growth from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011. Manassas Park had a growth rate of 7.4 percent during that time, while Fredericksburg’s growth rate was 5.8 percent.

The top growth rate was recorded by Charlton, Ga., 10.3 percent.

The Washington, D.C., area, which includes Northern Virginia, ranked third among metro areas with the highest numeric population increases. The Washington area gained 121,911 residents in the 2010-11 time period.

The two top spots were held by Texas metro areas, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston. The population in Dallas-Fort Worth rose 154,774, while the Houston population increased by 139,699 people.


The 10 Fastest Growing Counties (or Equivalents) from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011
Percent Increase
1. Charlton, Ga. 10.3
2. St. Bernard, La. 10.2
3. Williams, N.D. 8.8
4. Manassas Park, Va. 7.4
5. Franklin, Wash. 6.8
6. Fredericksburg, Va. 5.8
7. Dallas, Iowa 5.0
8. Hoke, N.C. 4.9
9. Orleans, La. 4.9
10. Williamson, Texas 4.8


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