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Census: Cumberland County fastest-growing in Pa. since 2010

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Cumberland County was the fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania, by percentage, over the last three-year period measured by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Those numbers were released today.

From April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2013, Cumberland County added 5,804 people, or 2.5 percent.

Population growth was a challenge for many others as the commonwealth added only 71,422 people, or 0.6 percent, over that span. More than 60 percent of counties across Pennsylvania lost population, according to the Census.

In the midstate, Lancaster County was No. 3 among counties, with growth of 10,152 people, or 2 percent. Lebanon County was No. 10, with 1,913 additions, or 1.4 percent, while Dauphin County was No. 12, with growth of 2,837 people, or 1.1 percent.

York County was No. 14 in the state, with 3,993 additions over that three-year span. That was 0.9 percent growth, according to the Census.

Lancaster, the largest of the five counties, had a population of 529,600, or 4.1 percent of Pennsylvania's total population in 2013.

For comparison in the region, Franklin County was No. 6 in Pennsylvania for population growth, by percentage. Franklin added 2,467 people, or 1.6 percent, from April 2010.

With a population of 4,886, Cameron County was the biggest loser in the state over that span. It lost 3.9 percent of its population.

Metro level

By metropolitan area, Harrisburg-Carlisle trailed Lancaster County. It had population growth of 1.5 percent over the three-year period. The metro area had a population of 557,711 in 2013, according to the Census.

York-Hanover trailed Lebanon County. It recorded 0.9 percent growth and a population of 438,965 in 2013.

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