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The boom areas of America

10 fastest-growing U.S. counties

According to the Census Bureau, these counties are adding more residents than any other.

Wake County, North Carolina
Wake County, North Carolina
Population: 786,522

Increase (July 2005 - July 2006): 35,657

Wake County's main city is Raleigh, capital of North Carolina and one corner of the Research Triangle that includes Durham and Chapel Hill.

One of Money Magazine's Best Big Cities, 2006, Raleigh has a low crime rate, mild winters and a vibrant economy focused on electronics, medicine and pharmaceuticals.


Maricopa County, Arizona

Harris County, Texas

Riverside County, California

Clark County, Nevada

Tarrant County, Texas

Bexar County, Texas

Collin County, Texas

Dallas County, Texas

Wake County, North Carolina

San Bernardino County, California
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