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Douglas County, Colo.
Douglas County, Colo.
A big house, 5 beds and 5 baths, in the big high plains country of eastern Colorado in Castle Rock costs $499,900.
Population: 288,225
Growth rate since April 2000: 64%
Positioned between Denver and Colorado Springs, Douglas County offers residents easy access to the majestic Rocky Mountains. Vail and other world-class ski resorts are less than three hours away.

Wendy Holmes, a spokeswoman for Douglas County, said the local government just released a resident survey spelling out why the area has become so popular. Residents say the number one factor is that it's a good place to raise a family.

Its proximity to Denver makes it easy to hop a light rail train from some parts of the county and be downtown for a ballgame or cultural event in 15 minutes.

The real estate market is one of the area's main attractions. Holmes said, "There's a very diverse mix of housing here. You can live on a light rail corridor, in a single-family or town house or on a 35-acre ranch."

The housing market has held up fairly well but, unsurprisingly, foreclosures have been a problem for many of the area's newer residents. There was a foreclosure for every 312 households in May and 115 bank repossessions.

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Last updated June 21 2010: 1:03 PM ET
Source: Census Bureau
Population and growth data is from July 1, 2009, the most recent available from the Census Bureau.
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