Outlying counties in metropolitan statistical areas grew faster than central counties between 2000 and 2007, according to a Census Bureau report released today. These outlying counties saw their population increase 13 percent, compared with an 8 percent increase for the central counties of metro areas. Metro area central and outlying counties both grew faster than the remainder of the nation
More than 80 percent, or 252 million, of the nation’s population live in metro areas. About 92 percent of these people live in central counties.
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