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(Undated-AP) -- Washington County in southern Utah is the state's fastest growing county. It's population jumped by more than five percent from July of 2001 to July of 2002.
Neil Ashdown is deputy director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget. He says the growth down south is likely to continue for the next three decades.
Washington County was among the nation's 100 fastest growing areas, according to the Census Bureau. It was number 26 on the list. Two other Utah counties, Wasatch and Tooele, also are among the fastest growing in the country. Wasatch was 31st and Tooele was 41st.
Dagget County, already Utah's smallest, lost two-point three percent of its population in the survey.
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