The census bureau has released it’s numbers and Manhattan is continuing to make it on the list of fastest growing metro areas at number 10 with an increase of 2.8 percent from July 1st 2011 to July 1st 2012. Fort Riley was also shown to be one of the fastest growing areas in the state. Census estimates said Geary and Riley counties had population growth of more than 3 percent. Both include portions of Fort Riley, where soldiers have been returning from overseas deployments.
Geary County gained 2,600 residents, making its population about 38,000, for 7.4 percent growth.
Riley County gained almost 2,400 residents, for a total population of nearly 76,000 and growth of 3.2 percent.
According to the Census Bureau’s senior advisor Thomas Mesenbourg, after a long periods of out-migration, some parts for the great plains – from the south of the Canadian border all the way down to west Texas- are experiencing rapid population growth.
The other nine locations include Midland, Texas; Clarksville, Tennessee; Crestview Florida, The Villages, Florida, Odessa, Texas, Jacksonville, North Carolina, Austin, Texas, Casper Wyoming, Columbus, Georgia.