The fastest-growing mid-sized county is in South Dakota. Not exactly what we've come to expect!

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Fastest-Growing Mid-Sized Counties Found In Iowa, South Dakota

The fastest-growing mid-sized county is in South Dakota. Not exactly what we've come to expect!

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The fastest-growing mid-sized county during the first seven years of this century is in South Dakota. Lincoln County, just outside Sioux Falls, grew by nearly 14,000 people over seven years, a 56.4% increase in population to 37,765, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The other 20 fastest-growing counties with populations between 20,000 and 65,000 were largely located near expanding urban areas. Often, however, these fast-growing metro regions weren't among the nation's hottest properties. Lyon County, Nevada, grew by 52 percent from 2000 to 2007, for example. But Lyon is adjacent to Carson City, the state's capitol, not Las Vegas.

Jackson County, Georgia, third on the list of fastest-growing mid-sized counties, is near Athens, not Atlanta. Number four, Dallas County, Iowa, is near Des Moines, hardly another Las Vegas or Orlando.

Downtown Canton, South Dakota, county seat of Lincoln County, the fastest-growing mid-sized county in the country.
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King George and Culpepper counties in Virginia are several counties out from Washington, D.C. And officials in those places say growth in there has already begun to slow.

The Census Bureau counts every household only ever ten years. Between these house-to-house tallies, the Bureau conducts surveys to update its figures. These surveys alone don't contact enough people in smaller, Yonder-sized counties to make a statistically-valid estimate. The Bureau combined three years of surveys in order to gather enough information in these counties to come to a valid estimate of population growth.

Lincoln County's growth has been amazing. From 2000 to 2007, the number of people 25 years of age and older with a college degree there has increased by 82%. Nearby Sioux Falls has been undergoing a tech boom recently, as the city has become a medical services center.

The Census Bureau also found that enrollment in high school has increased 74% in Lyon County, Nevada; and that the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased 69% in Dallas County, Iowa.

Here is the list of the 20 fastest-growing counties (between 20,000 and 65,000 people) from 2000 to 2007:

Rank County

Change, 2000 to 2007
July 1, 2007 April 1, 2000 Number Percent
1 Lincoln County, SD 37,765 24,147 13,618 56.4
2 Lyon County, NV 52,479 34,501 17,978 52.1
3 Jackson County, GA 59,254 41,589 17,665 42.5
4 Dallas County, IA 57,288 40,773 16,515 40.5
5 Broomfield County, CO* 53,691 39,212 14,479 36.9
6 Effingham County, GA 50,728 37,535 13,193 35.1
7 Wasatch County, UT 20,535 15,215 5,320 35.0
8 Nye County, NV 44,116 32,715 11,401 34.8
9 Tooele County, UT 54,914 40,735 14,179 34.8
10 King George County, VA 22,630 16,803 5,827 34.7
11 Dawson County, GA 21,484 15,999 5,485 34.3
12 Lee County, GA 33,050 24,757 8,293 33.5
13 Culpeper County, VA 45,723 34,263 11,460 33.4
14 Madison County, ID 36,647 27,467 9,180 33.4
15 Pickens County, GA 30,488 22,983 7,505 32.7
16 Lincoln County, MO 51,528 38,944 12,584 32.3
17 Kendall County, TX 31,342 23,746 7,596 32.0
18 Currituck County, NC 23,960 18,190 5,770 31.7
19 Walton County, FL 52,881 40,602 12,279 30.2
20 Wakulla County, FL 29,726 22,863 6,863 30.0

 

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