BEND, OR -- Deschutes and Crook counties rank among the fastest growing areas in the nation, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Crook County’s population grew by 4.26% - to 22,570 - between July 2015 and July 2016; it was the 8th fastest growing county
, by percent change, with a population of 10,000 or more. San Juan County, Utah is the fastest growing county in the country.
The population of the Bend-Redmond metro area (defined as all of Deschutes County) rose by 3.6% during that same time, growing from 174,942 to 181,307; ranking it third in the nation
. The fastest growing metro area was The Villages, Florida.
[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]