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Outlying counties continue to grow faster than Jefferson, Census data shows

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Jefferson County and the broader metropolitan area grew modestly last year, with outlying counties adding people at a faster clip than the core Louisville area, new Census Bureau data shows.

Jefferson's population climbed above 760,000 in 2014, while the 13-county Kentucky and Southern Indiana region now has 1.27 million residents, according to estimates released Thursday.

Since 2010, Jefferson has grown by 2.6 percent (adding 18,930), or 21st-fastest among all Kentucky counties. The county's growth largely has been the result of births exceeding deaths (11,894), as well as people moving from elsewhere (8,124).

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Those moving to Louisville are largely U.S.- and foreign-born people coming from abroad, the data shows.

That group -- including foreign-born researchers, laborers and soldiers returning from overseas, for instance – has grown by 8,251 in Jefferson over the past four years. Meanwhile, the county has lost 127 people to other places in the U.S.

The Census data also shows that, since 2010:

--The Louisville metro area's population climbed 2.8 percent.

--Nationwide, metro areas grew on average by 3.9 percent.

--The Louisville region is adding people at the same rate as Baltimore, Green Bay, Wis., and Dubuque, Iowa.

--Metro areas in Nashville (7.3 percent), Lexington (4.7 percent) and Indianapolis (4.4 percent) grew faster than Louisville.

--Scott County – a Lexington bedroom community and home to a Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown – had the highest growth rate (8 percent) in Kentucky.

--Shelby grew second-fastest in the state (6.2 percent). Also among 10 fastest-growing counties was Oldham at No. 5 and Bullitt at No. 8.

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