Census: St. George Second-Fastest-Growing Metro Area

Census: St. George Second-Fastest-Growing Metro Area

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- St. George is the second-fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country. That's according to report released today by the Census Bureau.

According to the 2003 census, St. George has a population of 104-thousand. That's up 15-point-two percent since 2000.

The Census Bureau defines a metropolitan area as a region containing at least 50-thousand people.

This is the first time that St. George has met the Census Bureau requirements to be classed as a metropolitan area.

The fastest growing metropolitan area is Greeley, Colorado, which is 60 miles north of Denver. Greeley and its surrounding area grew by 16-point-eight percent to 211-thousand people.

Las Vegas ranked third, with a growth rate of 14-point-six percent.

Twelve of the 20 fastest-growing metropolitan areas were located in the West.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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