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Beaufort County named 12th fastest-growing community in U.S.

Crowds pack the streets in Beaufort County for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival in early March.
Crowds pack the streets in Beaufort County for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival in early March. mmatney@islandpacket.com

Beaufort County has once again landed a spot on the list of the nation’s fastest-growing communities, according to statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Census.

The Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Beaufort metro area was listed as the 12th fastest-growing community in the nation with a population growth of 2.6 percent from 2014-2015.

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The population of Beaufort County increased by about 5,200 in one year. From 2013-1014, the Beaufort County was listed as the No. 13 fastest-growing community in the U.S. with a one-year population gain of 4,700.

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The Myrtle Beach area was the nation's second-fastest growing metro area with a population increase of 3.5 percent while the Charleston area posted 2.4 percent growth and was 19th.

Top 20 growth areas

The fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation between July 2014 and July 2015:

1. The Villages, Fla.

2. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach

3. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.

4. Midland, Texas

5. Odessa, Texas

6. Greeley, Colo.

7. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

8. Bend-Redmond, Ore.

9. Punta Gorda, Fla.

10. Fort Collins, Colo.

11. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.

12. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort

13. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.

14. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla.

15. College Station-Bryan, Texas

16. Raleigh, N.C.

17. St. George, Utah

18. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas

19. Charleston-North Charleston

20. Provo-Orem, Utah

Source: Census Bureau

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