Several Texas Counties Among Fastest Growing in US

Seven Texas counties — Rockwall, Williamson, Collin, Hays, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Denton — are listed among the nation's 30 fastest-growing areas, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today.

They are also Republican-voting counties, according to results in the 2008 general election. Sen. John McCain won these counties by a 20-point margin, well over 240,000 votes.

Here's the census list of the counties:

Rank County July 2009 April 2000 Growth %
1 Kendall County, IL 104,821 54,563 50,258 92.1
2 Pinal County, AZ 340,962 179,720 161,242 89.7
3 Rockwall County, TX 81,391 43,079 38,312 88.9
4 Flagler County, FL 91,622 49,832 41,790 83.9
5 Loudoun County, VA 301,171 169,599 131,572 77.6
6 Forsyth County, GA 174,520 98,367 76,153 77.4
7 Lincoln County, SD 41,218 24,147 17,071 70.7
8 Paulding County, GA 136,655 81,613 55,042 67.4
9 Williamson County, TX 410,686 249,979 160,707 64.3
10 Douglas County, CO 288,225 175,766 112,459 64.0
11 Henry County, GA 195,370 119,338 76,032 63.7
12 Newton County, GA 99,944 62,001 37,943 61.2
13 Collin County, TX 791,631 491,772 299,859 61.0
14 Union County, NC 198,645 123,777 74,868 60.5
15 Hays County, TX 155,545 97,582 57,963 59.4
16 Fort Bend County, TX 556,870 354,452 202,418 57.1
17 Osceola County, FL 270,618 172,493 98,125 56.9
18 Franklin County, WA 77,355 49,347 28,008 56.8
19 Barrow County, GA 72,158 46,144 26,014 56.4
20 Delaware County, OH 168,708 109,992 58,716 53.4
21 Hamilton County, IN 279,287 182,740 96,547 52.8
22 Jackson County, GA 63,544 41,589 21,955 52.8
23 Lyon County, NV 52,641 34,501 18,140 52.6
24 Montgomery County, TX 447,718 293,767 153,951 52.4
25 St. Johns County, FL 187,436 123,148 64,288 52.2
26 Washington County, UT 137,473 90,354 47,119 52.1
27 Denton County, TX 658,616 432,973 225,643 52.1
28 Dallas County, IA 61,950 40,776 21,174 51.9
29 Cherokee County, GA 215,084 141,948 73,136 51.5
30 Spencer County, KY 17,737 11,766 5,971 50.7

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Download .csv

Here's a breakdown of how they voted in the 2008 general election: 

County Name Party Votes Race Total Pct
Collin McCain R 184,897 293,944 63%
Collin Obama D 109,047 293,944 37%
Denton McCain R 149,935 241,095 62%
Denton Obama D 91,160 241,095 38%
Fort Bend McCain R 103,206 201,574 51%
Fort Bend Obama D 98,368 201,574 49%
Hays McCain R 29,638 58,069 51%
Hays Obama D 28,431 58,069 49%
Montgomery McCain R 119,884 156,587 77%
Montgomery Obama D 36,703 156,587 23%
Williamson McCain R 88,323 156,014 57%
Williamson Obama D 67,691 156,014 43%
Rockwall McCain R 23,300 32,066 72%
Rockwall Obama D 8,492 32,066 26%

Source: Texas Legislative Council | Download .csv

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