U.S. Census Bureau: Howard County fastest-growing county in Maryland

Howard County’s population grew 1.7 percent last year, making it the fastest-growing county in Maryland, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.

The report details where the heaviest population growth in Maryland was concentrated between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013.

The numbers are based on annual population estimates for each of the nation’s counties, metropolitan areas and micropolitan areas between the 2010 Census and July 1, 2013.

Howard County’s population growth was followed by Charles County (1.4 percent), Montgomery County (1.2 percent), Anne Arundel County and Prince George’s County (both at 1.0 percent).

In numerical growth, however, Montgomery County added 12,201 people last year, more than any other county in Maryland. The report said Prince George’s County followed with 8,662 people, then Anne Arundel County (5,568), Baltimore County (5,333) and Howard County (5,224).

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