Saline County among fastest growing in U.S.

Saline County is ranked number 95 in a list of the 100 fastest growing counties in the United States, according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The county's population was estimated to be 107,118 during the 2010 census and estimated to be 111,845 in July 2012, according to the bureau. The county grew by 4,727 or 4.4 percent during this time.
According to the Census Bureau, 1,149 of the additional people came from a natural increase, subtracting 2,923 deaths from the 4,072 births during this time.
The bureau also reports that Saline County saw migration from 4,705 people within the U.S. and 446 internationally.
Within the county, Bryant had the fastest growing rate at 8.5 percent. The population increased from 16,688 in 2010 to 18,109 in 2012, according to statistics from Metroplan, a council of Central Arkansas governments that provides long-range transportation planning and technical assistance.
Bryant has also been ranked among the fastest growing cities in Arkansas.
Haskell was the second fastest growing town in Saline County, increasing 5.4 percent, from 3,990 to 4,205, according to Metroplan.
Benton grew 2.1 percent, from a 30,681 population in 2010 to 31,336 in 2012, according to Metroplan.
Each part of the county is growing at some rate, except for the town of Traskwood, which saw a slight decrease in population, from 518 to 513.
Faulkner County also made the list, ranking number 72, and Benton County ranked number 67.

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